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'Caturday: SS Villanova Victory

Your first thought might have been of a football game when seeing the title of this blog post. It’s not about a win by a Villanova Wildcats team, but instead refers to the S. S. Villanova Victory’s contribution to the war effort.

I was stunned to find this gem in a May 15, 1945 edition of The Villanovan, which is available through the Villanova University Digital Library. It was news to me that not just one, but two ships, had been named to honor Villanova College. As you can see in the article below, the first ship was launched in 1937 and the second, pictured below, in 1945. The photo is from the Villanova University Archives.

Many ships built during World War II were named after colleges and universities. According to the American Merchant Marines website, Victory ships were “armed with one 5-inch stern gun, one 3-inch bow gun, eight 20 mm machine guns.”

Villanova Victory

Villanova Victory article May 1945


‘Caturday post written by Luisa Cywinski, writer on the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader, Access Services team.

Photo used with permission from the Villanova University Archives.


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  1. Comment by Robert Merchant — December 10, 2016 @ 3:54 PM

    My dad served as the helmsman on this Villanova Victory ship.

    He passed away Nov 2016.
    Thank you for the photos.

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