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Liberty ships
Liberty ship was the name given to the EC2 type ship designed for "Emergency" construction by the United States Maritime Commission in World War II.
The first of the 2,751 Liberty ships was the SS Patrick Henry, launched on Sept. 27, 1941, and built to a standardized, mass produced design. The 250,000 parts were pre-fabricated throughout the country in 250-ton sections and welded together in about 70 days. One Liberty ship, the SS Robert E. Peary was built in four and a half days. A Liberty cost under $2,000,000.
About 200 Libertys were lost to torpedoes, mines, explosions, kamikazes, etc. during WWII. Two Liberty ships, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco and the SS John W. Brown in Baltimore, survive as "museum ships" open to the public for tours and occasional cruises.
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VC2-M-AP4
The Emory Victory is the only VC2-M-AP4 boat. She was built with a diesel engine.
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VC2-S-AP2
272 vessels of the VC2-S-AP2 type were built.
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VC2-S-AP3
141 ships of the VC2-S-AP3 class were built.
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VC2-S-AP5
VC2-S-AP5 was the designation given to Attack Transports built for the Navy (Haskell class)
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VC2-S1-AP7
Three AP7 type were Victorys laid as AP3 or AP5 which were cancelled after VJ Day, and completed as combined passenger/cargo ships for the Caribbean trade.
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