SS John W. Brown

September 30, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

 

SS John W. Brown

The SS John W. Brown was one of 2710 Liberty Ships built between 1941 and 1945 to support the war effort. These ships served gallantly, with civilian crews and a small contingent of US Navy Armed Guard Sailors to operate their defensive weapons. While about 2400 survived the war, today only two operational Liberty Ships survive: the SS John W. Brown and the SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Both ships are operational and sail on special occasions.

I was fortunate to have toured the John W. Brown in 1970, when it served as a Maritime Training High School in New York City. I have family that graduated from that high school. The ship returned to Baltimore, where she was built, in 1988 and since then a dedicated group of volunteers maintains and improves the ship.The offer tours of the ship by appointment and have an Open House on Maritime Day. I was able to do both of those this summer, and I have set up a SS John W. Brown Page on my website. Please enjoy the nostalgic voyage!

 


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