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Nov. 9: Discussion about the S.S. Hood Victory WWII ship

Real Good Ship Hood
Real Good Ship Hood

FREDERICK, Maryland—A historian and member of the Hood College staff will speak on Nov. 9 about the history of the S.S. Hood Victory ship named after the college in World War II.

Jeff Welsh, Hood’s instructional technologist and an amateur Hood historian, will speak about the “Real Good Ship Hood” at 1 p.m. in the Beneficial-Hodson Library 2nd Floor Seminar Room. He will discuss his research journey to unlock the little-known story of this important part of Hood’s World War II war efforts. The talk will take the audience back to 1945 when America was on the brink of ending WWII and how Hood, in cooperation with Bethlehem-Fairfield Ship Builders and the U.S. Merchant Marine, put the S.S. Hood Victory into service. Welsh will connect the past and the present with the history of the ship and how he came to learn about it through a search one evening on eBay of all places.

Welsh earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland at College Park with a concentration in World War II American History. He has served as instructional technologist in the Office of Information Technology since 1999 and has developed a love of Hood history in his many years on campus. He has worked with former Hood archivists and the current library archivist, Mary Atwell, to preserve Hood artifacts and work toward preserving them digitally through modern media technologies.

This talk is part of a yearlong set of events celebrating Hood College’s 125th Anniversary and is co-sponsored by the Hood Library Archives and Department of History. For more information, contact Welsh at or visit