SS John W. Brown (Project Liberty Ship)

SS John W. Brown (Project Liberty Ship) The primary mission of Project Liberty Ship is to preserve, maintain and operate the World War II Liberty ship S.S. JOHN W. BROWN. We are an all-volunteer organization.
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The new page for Project Liberty Ship and the SS JOHN W BROWN. More updates to come on a regular basis! Due to being on a restricted pier while our pier is being renovated, we are NOT open to walk on visitors. Please contact the ship for more info.

Mission: The primary mission of Project Liberty Ship is to preserve, maintain and operate the World War II Liberty ship S.S. JOHN W. BROWN. Our goal is for the JOHN W. BROWN to serve as an operating vessel and living museum in order to pay tribute to the shipbuilders that built the Liberty ships, the merchant seamen who sailed them and the Naval Armed Guard who defended them. As Project Liberty Ship fulfills its mission, it will: • Preserve, maintain and operate the S.S. JOHN W. BROWN in a historically faithful configuration. • Present museum quality exhibits contemporary to World War II. • Make available to the public educational programs with substantial curricula devoted to the education of young people. • Collect and conserve artifacts and archival material pertinent to the JOHN W. BROWN in particular and World War II Liberty ships in general.

Its like Christmas in May! Brownies helpers are off to the post office with 23 packages!  Thanks to all supporters of th...
05/01/2020

Its like Christmas in May! Brownies helpers are off to the post office with 23 packages! Thanks to all supporters of the SS JOHN W BROWN and Project Liberty Ship. Thank you for Keeping her Sailing!

The Brownie Delivers

04/29/2020

The BROWN is currently closed but essential people are needed as we are an operational ship. And when crew are on the ship, they are following state guidelines for social distancing. Today... Fires lit! Spring commissioning 2020 in progress! (No politics, please. We just wanted to share what the engineers did today) 💪🏻👌🏻 🔥 Thanks George for the video!!!

Supporters of the BROWN:  we hope you are all staying safe.  One very unexpected development we’ve been seeing in the la...
04/27/2020

Supporters of the BROWN: we hope you are all staying safe. One very unexpected development we’ve been seeing in the last two weeks has been a HUGE increase in online sales. For those that have been buying our plimsoll glasses, hats, patches, and T-shirts .... we thank you. Like all of you (many of whom are furloughed)rent is still due and we are currently closed to the public due to COVID. We did not expect this increase in sales. Your generous sales and support is VERY much appreciated. Essential crew still maintain the ship, get mail and package and send out purchases. Here’s the link If interested https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/online-store. The picture is from what Dawn and Deanna processed on Saturday. They had another batch go out last Wednesday as well.

Thanks to all for keep us busy in the shipping room all 14 boxes are at the post office. Order your plimsoll glasses, Brownie coffee mug, T-Shirt and Hat today and we will have packed up on Wednesday!.

"Keeping History Afloat"Nice article in the Around the Ponds paper. Don Webster is a long time deck crew member..
04/21/2020

"Keeping History Afloat"
Nice article in the Around the Ponds paper.
Don Webster is a long time deck crew member..

To our loyal facebook following and those members who haven't received the email: This was sent out to our membership ye...
03/20/2020

To our loyal facebook following and those members who haven't received the email: This was sent out to our membership yesterday morning. We will continue to monitor the situation and update everyone as the situation develops!

Doing right by forgotten American heroes of the Merchant Marines
03/15/2020
Doing right by forgotten American heroes of the Merchant Marines

Doing right by forgotten American heroes of the Merchant Marines

United States Merchant Mariners suffered the highest rate of casualities of any service in World War II. According to one estimate, one of every 26 mariners died and as many as 8,000 perished in to…

Just a reminder, the ship is closed to visitors.We will update here and on our website: www.ssjohnwbrown.org
03/14/2020

Just a reminder, the ship is closed to visitors.
We will update here and on our website: www.ssjohnwbrown.org

March 28 has been postponed to a later date.
03/12/2020

March 28 has been postponed to a later date.

Matthew
03/07/2020
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03/05/2020
The Machinists News Network

Re-sharing this...

World War II was a time in America's past that changed everything. An era where real life Captain America's were born, when Rosie the Riverter beckoned millions of women into the workforce and the mighty liberty ships dominated the seas.

Mark your calendars!  Come tour both the JOHN W  BROWN and the SAVANNAH on MARCH 28 from 10am to 2pm (last person off at...
02/28/2020

Mark your calendars! Come tour both the JOHN W BROWN and the SAVANNAH on MARCH 28 from 10am to 2pm (last person off at 3). More information and details about parking to come. Check back or visit our website at www.ssjohnwbrown.org

02/17/2020
Auxillary Condenser maintenance

More engine room love 🖤 Sorry I started filming mid-conversation but Joe S was explaining things and it was too good to not start recording. Hope it’s interesting to some of you. Our engine is AMAZING!

Our friends, our new ‘pier mates’ are headed home!
02/13/2020

Our friends, our new ‘pier mates’ are headed home!

Today, the NS Savannah set sail from Philadelphia back to it's Baltimore berth. Built in 1959, the Savannah is the only U.S.-built, nuclear-powered merchant ship. The construction of the ship was spearheaded by President Eisenhower’s ‘Atoms for Peace’ program, which encouraged the development of peaceful uses for nuclear power.

During its three years at sea, the NS Savannah sailed to domestic and international ports carrying passengers, cargo and goodwill. At each port, the vessel received thousands of visitors.

As a part of its decommissioning process, MARAD will remove the Savannah’s remaining systems, structures and components to allow the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to terminate MARAD’s license to possess and operate a nuclear reactor and power plant. Once that license is terminated MARAD will determine the vessel’s future, which will likely be vessel disposal through the donation program or offering the vessel for recycling.

Please like us to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at #MARAD!

02/11/2020

Thanks for sending a video of us coming home on Sunday Andy Heckrotte

Check these out!  Thanks Deadrise Marine Photography for braving the cold temps and wind yesterday to take great artisti...
02/10/2020

Check these out! Thanks Deadrise Marine Photography for braving the cold temps and wind yesterday to take great artistic and very cool pictures!!!

SS John W. Brown (Project Liberty Ship) #chesapeakebay #libertyship #projectlibertyship #mdinfocus #betteronthebay #ship #shipphotography #shipphotographer

02/09/2020

What a welcome

02/09/2020

Some EngineRoom love 💙🖤💙

Just past Bloody Point...  we can see the Bay Bridge
02/09/2020

Just past Bloody Point... we can see the Bay Bridge

230am pictures (taken with iPhone 11 ).  These are nighttime shots, no flash (a nighttime no-no)We past Point Lookout ma...
02/09/2020

230am pictures (taken with iPhone 11 ). These are nighttime shots, no flash (a nighttime no-no)We past Point Lookout maybe an hour ago.

Posted @ 9pm, but internet dead zone didn’t post until 140am.  🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ We just exchanged Virginia pilots for Maryland...
02/09/2020

Posted @ 9pm, but internet dead zone didn’t post until 140am. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ We just exchanged Virginia pilots for Maryland pilots. Heading towards Maryland waters. Some pictures from the lady 2 hours.

The JWB is off of Cape Henry. The Photo "Bridge Tinsel"  is of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel as the JWB passed it ear...
02/09/2020

The JWB is off of Cape Henry.
The Photo "Bridge Tinsel" is of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel as the JWB passed it earlier this evening. Second photo is our new GPS from a few minutes ago.

02/08/2020
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The SS JOHN W BROWN has begun her trip home. You can follow her voyage on https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-76.337/centery:36.867/zoom:14

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02/08/2020
We’re moving from the dry dock to a wet berth while warming up the engines for approximately the next 8 hours.
02/08/2020

We’re moving from the dry dock to a wet berth while warming up the engines for approximately the next 8 hours.

The tugs are here, the pilot is onboard and the valves look good.
02/08/2020

The tugs are here, the pilot is onboard and the valves look good.

Good morning, friends!  We had an early start today.  It’s 34 degrees here, and the wind has died down a LOT compared to...
02/08/2020

Good morning, friends! We had an early start today. It’s 34 degrees here, and the wind has died down a LOT compared to yesterday. The brow and all other shipyard materials are off the ship, services have been disconnected about an hour (no electricity or water). Around 7ish, they will flood us only up to the highest skin valve and then wait to check for watertight integrity. More info to come today.

Thanks for a cool post about Liberty Ships, us, and George, Moran Towing Corporation.
02/08/2020

Thanks for a cool post about Liberty Ships, us, and George, Moran Towing Corporation.

During World War II, there was an emergency shipbuilding program which resulted in 2,700 Liberty Ships being constructed, one of them being the S.S. John Brown, which is one of the two operational Liberty Ships remaining.

Today, she is used for cruises in the Chesapeake Bay around Baltimore and is utilized for her history. She is currently drydocked in Norfolk where repairs are being made in the hopes to keep her operational as long as possible. For a ship which was built to make only one trip, the 78 years she has remained operational impresses people from all over the United States, with volunteers flocking to help maintain this vessel.

One of these volunteers is Moran Baltimore’s very own Port Engineer, George Cornelius, who volunteers his time as the ship’s chief engineer, most recently driving the ship from Baltimore to Norfolk. Moran would like to commend George for his time and effort and look forward to hearing about his future endeavors with the S.S. John Brown. Thank you, George!

It’s been about a month and we’re bringing her home to Baltimore.  Tomorrow/Friday afternoon a bus filled with crew memb...
02/07/2020

It’s been about a month and we’re bringing her home to Baltimore. Tomorrow/Friday afternoon a bus filled with crew members will be leaving Baltimore and arriving in Norfolk by 7-8pm. They’ll be up at 4-430am on Saturday, flooding the dock, and heading home within a few hours. As we get closer, we’ll give updates on our arrival time back in Baltimore. #volunteersROCK

Thanks Craig Staley for creating this visual to explain the different piers (long term original Clinton St pier (yellow)...
02/06/2020

Thanks Craig Staley for creating this visual to explain the different piers (long term original Clinton St pier (yellow), most recent pier on Clinton St (red), the purple pier we are heading to for the next year or so (next to the NSS Savannah), and our future home (blue).

Address

4601 Newgate Ave
Baltimore, MD
21224-0546

General information

WORLD WAR II The JOHN W. BROWN made 13 wartime voyages to the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean, including duty during the Anzio landings. She was also part of the liberation force of Southern France during Operation Dragoon in August, 1944. The US Navy Armed Guard gunners of the John W. Brown may have shot down one enemy plane during the liberation of Southern France in August, 1944, though this was never confirmed as a kill. After the war, the JOHN W. BROWN carried government cargoes to help rebuild war-torn Europe and returned American troops to the United States. TRAINING SHIP DAYS After 1946, she was loaned by the government to the City of New York, where she became a floating maritime training high school, the only one in the United States. The ship served in that capacity from 1946 to 1982, graduating thousands of students prepared to begin careers in the Merchant Marine, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. When her schoolship days had ended, the first Project Liberty Ship was formed in New York City to preserve the ship. They were not successful in finding her a berth in New York and she was towed to the James River Reserve Fleet in July 1983 with her future in serious doubt. RESTORATION AND HERITAGE In 1988 Project Liberty Ship Baltimore was able to rescue her and restore her, and found her a home in Baltimore, Maryland near where she was built. In September 1988, the JOHN W. BROWN was rededicated as a memorial museum at ceremonies at Dundalk Marine Terminal. NOW Project Liberty Ship now comprises of hundreds of volunteers from many generations and from many countries. Volunteers come from many walks of life. Regular work days are held every Wednesday and Saturday, where volunteers arrive early in the morning to do restoration work and regular maintenance on the ship to keep her in shape. The ship is not only open to volunteers, but is open to the public on these days, to tour the ship and see what the volunteers do. The volunteers of PLS are dedicated to keeping the memory of the WWII Merchant Marine, and all those who served in World War II, alive and well. Check out our website: http://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/ Our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Our Twitter site: https://twitter.com/JohnWBrownPLS

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Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

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(410) 558-0646

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Easy day today in shipping 11 packages ready to roll. Thanks to everyone who is helping to KEEP HER SAILING!
The Brownie Delivers
Well I'm happy to say mowe have hit our 600th order!!! Keep the orders coming in, they will be packaged up tomorrow and sent out. With the sun shining you need 2 things a JWB Hat and a Plimsoll glass to hold your beverage of choice so order them today!
Thanks to all for keep us busy in the shipping room all 14 boxes are at the post office. Order your plimsoll glasses, Brownie coffee mug, T-Shirt and Hat today and we will have packed up on Wednesday!.
We were busy in the shipping room 14 mail and online orders. Thanks for keeping us busy during this down time. Go to our online store and order your plimsoll glasses, your Brownie mug, a T-Shirt and hat!!
I hope to Both Visit & become a $ Dues Regular Member of the S.S. JOHN W BROWN Liberty Ship in the near future I have a Question during WWII How Many U.S. NAVY MILITARY Sailor Personel Were Assigned to the Crews of LIBERTY SHIPS With the Federal Merchant Marine Sailor Crews ? & what were the Different Ratings of the U.S. NAVY MILITARY Sailor Personel on the LIBERTY SHIPS ? Thank You for the helpful information in my research projects Thank You
In honor of all great ships and their crews.
A tribute to some great friends...and a little humor for the times. ❤️⚓️🇺🇸
I just started a petition on the White House petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it?
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Spotted today at Maritime Museum Liverpool U.K
Spotted today at Maritime Museum Liverpool U.K. Lovely little model of a Liberty ship.