Engineering Department


The engineering department is responsible for all things that keep the S.S. Lane Victory functioning and operational. Be it boilers, turbines, bearings, pumps, generators, electrical systems, or winch motors, our department is responsible for maintenance and repairs of all equipments aboard ship. Our department is responsible for the operation of the ship’s steam plant, propulsion systems and all auxiliary equipment when at sea. 

Watching the guages while under way

Watching the guages while under way

The work done by our volunteers ranges from cleaning bilges to standing a watch at sea. Within that range is cleaning the boilers and fire boxes, replacing or repairing valves, installing piping, maintenance of turbines, compressors, etc. We have a full machine shop and electric shop to repair or manufacture parts we cannot easily obtain. Of course paintbrushes, broom and mop handles also fit our hands.

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Our volunteers come from very diverse backgrounds including: a lawyer, an optometrist, a gas company retiree, a sheet metal worker and a tree trimmer just to name a few. We also have a few volunteers that sailed merchant ships during WWII that can tell you first hand about their experiences during the war. Others have had a lifetime in the maritime industry. A strong mechanical background is advantageous but not necessary. Retired mechanical maintenance personnel with a manufacturing background and ships’ engineers are especially desired.

One thing we all have in common is the love of the merchant marine experience and the promotion of the U.S. Merchant Marines contributions during WWII. Without their dedication to defeat the Axis powers, we might not be able to enjoy the freedoms we do today. So come join us and realize a very rewarding volunteer experience

Further information can be obtained by e-mail contact at or phone Dennis at (310)-542-5000

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