LAUSD Apprenticeship Team & Inlandboatmen’s Union Apprenticeship

Building new educational and training partnerships
Meeting with the SS Lane Victory Training Crew
March 29, 2017

The SS Lane Victory

Built in 1945, here in Los Angeles, CA, the S.S. Lane Victory served with distinction during World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War as well as in times of peace as part of the merchant fleet. After years of deterioration in mothballs, it took countless months of restoration to put her back into her original condition by volunteers of the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II (the organization who maintains her today). Now a nationally recognized historic landmark, the S.S. Lane Victory serves as a living museum and memorial to the service and sacrifices of all Merchant Marine sailors and Navy Armed Guardsmen.

IBU, LAUSD Apprenticeship team and Stephen Silkotch (far right) on the deck of the SS Lane Victory.

Mr. Silkotch attended Harbor Occupational Center in the 1970’s, training in Marine Engine program. He expressed that HOC was an excellent school and his heartfelt gratitude for the education he received there. Mr. Silkotch stated that had it not been for HOC, he would not have had life long career he loved in the maritime industry. Mr. Silkotch, now retired, volunteers on the SS Lane Victory as an Engineer III.

John Skow (IBU of Southern California Regional Directory), Oscar Meier (LAUSD Apprenticeship), and Meher Irani (IBU, LA County & LACC instructor) on deck of the SS Lane Victory.

Meeting with crew of the SS Lane Victory, Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU) and LAUSD Apprenticeship team in the Officers’ dining room of the SS Lane Victory. Discussion topics included training options aboard the SS Lane Victory for IBU and JATCs’ apprentices, journeymen, and educational opportunity for DACE students.

Ray Wilcox (LAUSD Apprenticeship), Stephen Sikotch (SS Lane Victory Engineer III), and Paul Pidoux (LAUSD Apprenticeship)

Captain Ron Phelps (SS Lane Victory Training director and instructor at LATTC), Bob Brenman (SS Lane Victory, Able- bodied Seaman-Unlimited), and Oscar Meier (LAUSD Apprenticeship)


More information:
Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific