This comes our way via the Benicia Herald –
The last Victory cargo ship moored in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet is expected to be towed today to San Francisco Ship Repair, a spokesman from Office of Congressional and Public Affairs said.
The SS Winthrop Victory is scheduled to depart the fleet at 10:30 a.m. today. In San Francisco, it will be scraped of marine growth and loose exterior paint in preparation for its last trip through the Panama Canal on its way to be recycled in Texas.
The Winthrop Victory, named for Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., is expected to arrive in May at ESCO Marine, in Brownsville, Texas, where it will be scrapped and recycled.
This is the fourth Maritime Administration (MARAD) vessel that has been pulled from the bay since last October, when U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari visited Benicia and promised that 25 of the ships would be removed in an effort to clean up the Suisun Bay fleet.
MARAD Press Release concerning the of the last two Victory class ships owned by the Federal Government.
It should also be noted that the Winthrop Victory was among the fleet of U.S. ships present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. (Fact from U.S. Naval Historical Center)
For an extensive look at the Winthrop Victory and her present condition in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, visit this gallery. Some selected photos from this gallery are included below. The eventual final departure of this ship beneath the Golden Gate for the last time is a fairly important moment in history for the U.S. Merchant Marine. The ship will make one final long and dark voyage South through the Panama Canal, and eventually to her final resting place in Brownsville, Texas where her days will be limited. There is no doubt the Winthrop Victory and her sister ships performed most admirably for this country, but the pictures do reveal the difficult truth of an aged o’l gal, who’s time has come.