Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien Turns 65

SS Jeremiah O'BrienOriginally launched on June 19th, 1943, the Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien turns 65 this month. The ship is one of 2,751 Liberty ships that were mass-produced as part of the American war effort during WWII. The O’Brien is still completely operational, and only one other Liberty Ship,Birthday Cake Design Nightlight, Happy Birthday, Jeremiah!  You don't look any greyer the S.S. John W. Brown in Baltimore, can make that claim.

The Jeremiah O’Brien is docked at Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco California, and has a fascinating history. It was one of 7,000 ships that took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, and it is now the only surviving ship from that armada. In 1994 the ship, crewed mostly by WWII Liberty Ship veterans, sailed from San Francisco, through the Panama Canal, and onto France to take part in a 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day.

Cruise Ship Gift for fans of the O'Brien or TitanicThe ship is designated as a National Historic Landmark, and is open to the public for tours. One point of interest is the engine room. Footage of the engine in operation was used in the movie Titanic”. As a family outing, IBallroom Dancing Gift, Business Card Case would recommend it, (the O’Brien, not the Titanic) but don’t wear your nicest clothes. The ship is clean, but you always run the risk of an oil stain if you are not careful.

On occasion, the ship is taken out for a short, half- day cruise. The next one that is scheduled is Saturday, June 21st, 2008, from 10am to 2pm, as part of the O’Brien’s birthday celebration. You can get tickets at ssjeremiahobrien.org. My dad was a Merchant Marine in WWII and sailed on a Liberty Ship. During Fleet Week one year, he and I went on one of these Jet Lovers Gift, Air Show Christmas Ornamentcruises. In addition to touring the ship and seeing the San Francisco waterfront, we were hoping to see the Blue Angels. Sadly, this was the one time they were unable to perform for SF Fleet Week, but we had a great time anyway. Be warned that a whole day on the ship could get a little long for kids, so if you have kids, opt for the dock-side tour only.

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  1. Neat! Recently went to the O’Brien myself. Blogged about it too: http://californiabeat.wordpress.com/

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