One of the 534 Victory ships built during World War Two, the SS Dartmouth Victory was hull number 169. Construction was carried out by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation and the ship was launched on February 15, 1945. After final completion on March 17, 1945, the SS Dartmouth Victory served as a cargo transport for the remainder of the war. The ship was later taken over by American President Lines and renamed the General Arthur.
Victory ships were designed as fast cargo transports and were built in large numbers to offset losses caused by German submarines. Due to slow initial delivery, though, the Victory ships saw most action in the Pacific.
Shown here are the SS Dartmouth Victory's launching and the Dartmouth alumni who attended the event. Ask for the "Dartmouth Victory (SS)" photo file to see additional images.