Houston Ship Repair Reactivates 40-Year-Old Hattiesburg Victory

Earlier this year, Houston Ship Repair, Inc. of Houston was awarded a $1,175,000 fixed-price contract by the Maritime Administration to reactivate the cargo ship Hattiesburg Victory. The refurbished vessel sailed from Houston recently in service with the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. The successful activation of the vintage ship was possible because of the excellent condition of the hull, superstructure, and main machinery plant. This is attributed to the excellent care and maintenance provided while she lay in the Reserve Fleet.

The Hattiesburg Victory was built by California Shipbuilding, and upon delivery in 1945 became part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Beaumont, Texas. She saw limited service during Vietnam but since then has been in the Beaumont Reserve Fleet.

The work performed by Houston Ship included opening and returning to service main propulsion turbines and auxiliary turbines, rebricking both boilers and reworking all mounts and valves, opening and repairing all auxiliary equipment, installing and testing previously stowed cargo gear, installation of new communications and navigation equipment, and exterior painting.

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