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  SS Jeremiah O'Brien
USN
EC2-S-C1
Liberty Ship

12,923 Tons
441' 6" x 57' x 27' 9"
8 x 20mm AA guns
1 x 3" gun
1 x 5" gun

Ship History
Built by New England Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, Maine. Laid down May 6, 1943. Launched on June 19, 1943. Placed into service on July 3, 1943. Prior to her maiden voyage, two pinup girls were painted above her bow, including an bare breasted Polynesian girl with a palm tree in the background.

Wartime History
This Liberty Ship made four Atlantic Ocean crossings and participated in D-Day. Afterwards, served in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean visiting Chile, Peru, New Guinea, the Philippines, India, China, and Australia.

Postwar
Jeremiah O'Brien was mothballed and remained in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay, CA where she remained for 33 years. In the 1970s, however, the idea of preserving an unaltered Liberty Ship began to be developed and, under the sponsorship of Rear Admiral Thomas J. Patterson, USMS. The ship was put aside for preservation instead of being scrapped.

Today
During 1979, the National Liberty Ship Memorial (NLSM), acquired Jeremiah O'Brien for restoration. The ship departed Suisun Bay under her own power on May 21, 1980 and arrived at Fort Mason, San Francisco Bay to the west of Fisherman's wharf as a museum of the United States Merchant Marine in World War II. Today, docked at Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.

References
SS Jeremiah O'Brien - The National Liberty Ship Memorial, Inc.
Designated a National Historic Landmark, 78003405

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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