Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cruising on the Liberty Ship John W. Brown-- Part 1

From the September 7, 2011, Baltimore Sun "Liberty ship sets sail for the 1940s" by Chris Kaltenbach.

The last time Donald Halverson was on a Liberty Ship, he was a young draftee on his way across the Atlantic where he spent two and a half years fighting the Axis.

More recently, he took a leisurely 6-hour cruise on the Chesapeake Day aboard the refurbished Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown.  It brought back memories.

The John W. Brown was launched from Baltimore's Bethlehem Steel Shipyards on Labor Day 1942 and was named for an east coast labor leader.  It is one of only two operational Liberty Ships left and the only one on the Atlantic coast.

It is a museum ship and a living memorial to wartime shipyard workers, merchant marines and naval armed guards.

Glad We Still Have Liberty Ships.  They Were As Important To the US War Effort As the Bigger, Better-Known Ships.  --GreGen

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