TAMPA — On Saturday, the SS American Victory dedicated its cruise and fundraiser to the late Sam Gibbons, a World War II veteran and 16-term congressman who represented the Tampa area. He died in 2012 at age 92.
Rain didn’t stop the cluster of people who came to enjoy a cruise around Tampa Bay and to honor the “Greatest Generation” on the floating museum. They spent the afternoon perusing displays and exhibits, and enjoyed lunch and live music.
The cruise also was a fund-raiser to help pay for maintenance of the SS American Victory, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The ship sailed in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
The ship was built in 1945 and is one of four operational WWII merchant steamships left in the United States. It usually is berthed at Port Tampa Bay behind the Florida Aquarium.
To find out more about the SS American Victory, go to www.americanvictory.org.