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.

Operating as usual

12/29/2020
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😷 FOMO on your FREE individual annual membership⁉️

To receive your FREE individual annual membership - please make a difference by gifting a one-time $100 or more donation to Project Liberty Ship, Inc. (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) using this link: http://bit.ly/2LPuJPk

Your donation will allow our all volunteer organization to continue educating our youth and adults about history, steam, ships, and restore our World War II liberty ship known as the S.S. John W. Brown.

To see our list of funding needs, view our letter at: https://conta.cc/3hpchv5

For CARES Act information regarding cash contributions to IRS qualified charitable organizations such as Project Liberty Ship, Inc., please see: https://conta.cc/38LrgMh

Thank you for making our 2020 year better than we could have ever imagined!

Update: Last day to Order is 1400 (2pm) on Saturday, Dec 12th. Thank you to everyone who has ordered.  The volunteers wi...
12/10/2020

Update: Last day to Order is 1400 (2pm) on Saturday, Dec 12th.

Thank you to everyone who has ordered. The volunteers will be packing and shipping the orders on Saturday. We want you order to get to you for Christmas.

This is our new t-shirt. Available in our Online store.

🎅 Last Call for Your Holiday Gifts!  🎅        https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/online-store⚓️ Plimsoll glasses are available...
12/10/2020

🎅 Last Call for Your Holiday Gifts! 🎅 https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/online-store

⚓️ Plimsoll glasses are available individually and a pack of 4 allows for a $5 discount.

🧢 Hats are back in stock and new colors (blue, yellow, and pink) are available.

🗝 And the Last Minute Specials are your key to extra savings.

Will you help us achieve 100+ orders this holiday season? Only about 15 more to go . . . . our volunteers are packing on Saturday.

Thank you for your support and have a great holiday season! ! ! 😃

Thank you to all of you who placed orders in the last 2 weeks.  The volunteers have packed and shipped over 75 orders.  ...
12/07/2020
Online Store — S.S. JOHN W. BROWN

Thank you to all of you who placed orders in the last 2 weeks. The volunteers have packed and shipped over 75 orders.

We have kept the Cyber Monday deals and have added 3 more SPECIAL packages. See below. Please order by December 10th, so we can pack and ship them this Saturday. We want them to get to you for Christmas.

Here are the specials, but there is a lot more in the Online Store
Special #1: 75th Anniversary T-shirt & Challenge Coin for $20
Special #2: 2021 PLS Calendar & Challenge Coin for $27
Special #3: 75th Anniversary T-shirt, 2021 PLS Calendar & Challenge coin for $35
Special #4: 2021 PLS Calendar, Challenge Coin plus Liberty Ship JOHN W BROWN in Convoy print for $35
Special #5: Merchant Marine T-shirt, Challenge Coin & Merchant Marine Patch for $25
Special #6: Brownie Sweatshirt & Challenge Coin for $40

Link to the online store: https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/online-store

Project Liberty Ship is a non-profit organization dedicated to education by preserving and operating the Liberty ship S.S. JOHN W. BROWN as a living memorial to the men and women who built the great Liberty fleet and to the merchant seamen and Naval Armed Guard who sailed the ships across the oceans...

11/30/2020

🇺🇸 S.S. John W. Brown 🇺🇸 Ship Store Specials for Cyber Monday

🍬 Special #1 - 75th Anniversary T-shirt & JWB Challenge Coin - $20.00 🍬

🎀 Special #2 - 2021 Calendar & JWB Challenge Coin - $27.00 🎀

🔔 Special #3 - 75th Anniversary T-shirt, 2021 Calendar & JWB Challenge Coin - $35.00 🔔

The special prices above exclude shipping, taxes, and fees and are only available while supplies last.

This offer ends at 11:59 pm on December 1, 2020.

📯 May you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season! 📯

💥 FLASH SALE 💥    Support Small Business Saturday and Cyber MondayExpiring at 11:59 pm on Monday, November 30, 2020 is t...
11/28/2020
Online Store — S.S. JOHN W. BROWN

💥 FLASH SALE 💥 Support Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday

Expiring at 11:59 pm on Monday, November 30, 2020 is the following offer:

Receive a FREE 2021 calendar - Troopships and Transports of World War II when you purchase:

👕 2 t-shirts 👕 or 🧢 1 hat and 1 t-shirt 👕

Still looking for that special 🎁: our on-line store has some unique gift-giving ideas: https://conta.cc/3dWnT6f

Fill your 🛒 tonight and our volunteers will pack your order on Saturday, November 28th.

Thank you for shopping Project Liberty Ship, Inc. and supporting the preservation and restoration of the S.S. John W. Brown.

Project Liberty Ship is a non-profit organization dedicated to education by preserving and operating the Liberty ship S.S. JOHN W. BROWN as a living memorial to the men and women who built the great Liberty fleet and to the merchant seamen and Naval Armed Guard who sailed the ships across the oceans...

11/27/2020

Here's a 🌞 HOT & STEAMING 🌞 deal!

Buy an Annual Membership for 1 year and get the 2nd year FREE! Eligible annual memberships include:

Youth - $20 (through age 20)
Individual - $40
Foreign - $50
Family - $60
Ship's Officer - $125
Captain, Chief Engineer & Armed Guard - $300

Plus - any annual membership purchased at the $125 or $300 level will also receive a FREE 2021 calendar - Troopships and Transports of World War II.

Annual Memberships can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/2R4jkLs

The promotional offer includes annual memberships for new members and renewals for existing members. This offer excludes Lifetime Memberships and will expire at 11:59 pm on December 1, 2020.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please e-mail [email protected].

😷 Have a great weekend! 😷

We are 📣 calling 📣 our loyal friends of Project Liberty Ship, Inc.:Will you support us with your holiday on-line shoppin...
11/25/2020
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We are 📣 calling 📣 our loyal friends of Project Liberty Ship, Inc.:

Will you support us with your holiday on-line shopping at AmazonSmile this year?🎁 🎁 🎁

You can shop anytime including Black Friday Sales, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday!

Click on this Amazon Smile link to support our charitable organization. https://conta.cc/39hpgNt

Thank you for supporting Project Liberty Ship, Inc. and have a great holiday season!

👍Thank you for a successful Trash and Treasure Auction! ! !  👍 Your donations were appreciated and treasured by our patr...
11/21/2020

👍Thank you for a successful Trash and Treasure Auction! ! ! 👍

Your donations were appreciated and treasured by our patrons allowing our non-profit organization to raise over $10K+. We would love to hear your feedback about our on-line auction by completing a short survey: https://conta.cc/3flAMIw

For the upcoming holiday season: our on-line store has some unique gift-giving ideas: https://conta.cc/3dWnT6f
1) Just arrived: Reciprocating Steam and Water Cycle t-shirt design.
2) Back by Popular Demand: Long and Short Sleeve Denim Shirts.
3) ⚓️2021 Calendar - Troopships and Transports of World War II provides a real maritime history lesson.⚓️
4) Patches, Challenge Coins, Playing Cards, Ties, Aprons, and much more!

😷Please be safe and mask-up as you enjoy the holiday season! ! !😷

What was new on Wednesday. How about taking environmental responsibilities seriously. Within 2.4 hours of testing, servi...
11/19/2020

What was new on Wednesday. How about taking environmental responsibilities seriously.
Within 2.4 hours of testing, servicing, diagnosing then replacing the " roots blower" an air pump on the MSD sanitation unit, our engineers keep another key operation in compliance. Well done.

11/12/2020
Mark

How awesome is this? Mark attended the MEBA training and was inspired to create and share this with us.

During Veterans Day, let us not forget those ships that also served. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to operate one of the last remaining Liberty Ships still in operation today. Built in 1942, SS John W. Brown is 78 years old and still very much alive.

Only 3 days left for the Trash and Treasures Auctionhttps://events.readysetauction.com/projectlibertyship/trashtreasurea...
11/08/2020

Only 3 days left for the Trash and Treasures Auction

https://events.readysetauction.com/projectlibertyship/trashtreasureauction

Fabulous deals on donated products and services for the upcoming holidays! From travel and apprentice experiences, to food and wine virtual experiences, collectibles, and vintage finds, you should register, bid, and donate today.

Fund-A-Need donations are being accepted for the following:
>>> $25 will fund 2 Hercules Folding Chairs (only 395 available)
>>> $50 will give 2 hospitality pillows for youth programs (100 remain)
>>> $75 will provide customized mattresses (only 100 left)
>>> $100 will allow video frames in our museums (3 are available)
>>> $250 will restock our paint and supplies (50 are needed)
>>> $500 will replace our dryers for youth programs (only 2 available)

If you have any questions about our auction, please send a message to [email protected].

Thank you for your support!

What's New Wednesdays! How about hosting the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School from Easton, MD. ( I love saying Calhoon ) ...
11/04/2020

What's New Wednesdays!
How about hosting the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School from Easton, MD. ( I love saying Calhoon ) Mike Fanning from the school teaches a 6 week long course and the SS John W. Brown is the "lab" for them. Our own Denis Mengele is an instructor for the school and helps with this course. For this exercise, Denis was the Chief Engineer, Mike Fanning was the Assistant Chief, Lee Seipp was the Oiler, Mike Schneider was the Fireman/Watertender, and Jamie Murry was an Assistant Instructor. We do this every year during the first week of November.

⚓️New Trash and Treasure Auction Announcements⚓️1.  Pride II Sail Excursion: You and 3 friends will go for a sail on Bal...
10/25/2020
Project Liberty Ship Trash & Treasure Auction

⚓️New Trash and Treasure Auction Announcements⚓️

1. Pride II Sail Excursion: You and 3 friends will go for a sail on Baltimore's tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II with some Pride swag.

2. Be an Apprentice for a Day on Baltimore's own World War II liberty ship John W. Brown in the Engine Room or up on Deck. Learn from a crew mentor and have a hands-on experience to perform ship's work while enjoying a day aboard the Brown.

3. 🏈Raven's Recreation Gift Package🏈: Enjoy your NFL board game, football, and an autographed football signed by 2 Baltimore Ravens' players.

All are welcome to bid on the above featured packages at our Trash and Treasure On-Line Auction. Please use the URL below to access the on-line auction to bid, buy or donate from now until November 11, 2020 at 9 pm.

https://events.readysetauction.com/projectlibertyship/trashtreasureauction

In addition, view our e-catalog for unique finds such as vintage gas cans, woodcrafted lamps & desks, and collections of baskets, books, and magazines. Our bargain prices will have you winning a package soon in the comfort of your home with family and friends.

Auction participants can reach out to us at [email protected] with any issues, questions, or concerns that you may have.

We would like to thank each of you for supporting us and for sharing our auction with your family and friends. Our volunteers are beaming with pride and looking forward to a super-fantastic year in 2021.😀

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What's New Wednesday!!!! I'll tell ya what's new, a bunch of new donations for our Ship's Trash and Treasures Online Auc...
10/22/2020

What's New Wednesday!!!! I'll tell ya what's new, a bunch of new donations for our Ship's Trash and Treasures Online Auction. Items such as WW2 Navy uniforms, WW2 US Coast Guard memorabilia, a West German made toy steam engine and a slow cooker! My bet is the slow cooker is the high bid lol! Chili season is coming! Thank you to our generous donors so far. Also, the grain silo continues to come down, and no dust! The foggy morning has spared us more deck cleaning.

What's New Wednesdays! Nothing like a dock trial to warm things up! A successful one at that. Much disappointment by the...
10/15/2020

What's New Wednesdays!
Nothing like a dock trial to warm things up! A successful one at that. Much disappointment by the crew as we really wanted to take her out for a short cruise around the harbor...Next year folks, next year! And additional items for our Trash and Treasure Online Auction came in!

It's here!  Project Liberty Ship's 1st Trash and Treasures Auction!  We need you to register and spread the word about t...
10/14/2020

It's here! Project Liberty Ship's 1st Trash and Treasures Auction! We need you to register and spread the word about this great opportunity to bid on some great items and some very unique one of a kind treasures!

Our members, donors, and supporting businesses have contributed many unique items in a short time period to assist us in raising missed revenue from our living history cruises, youth and adult educational sessions due to the COVID pandemic. With all of the excitement, our volunteer staff have opened the auction as of today with closure at 9 pm on November 11, 2020. To support our on-line auction, please go to the website below and 'Sign-In' to register and be able to bid on a treasure, buy a unique item, or to donate by funding a need.

https://events.readysetauction.com/projectlibertyship/trashtreasureauction

Check back often, as our staff volunteers will be updating even more trash and treasure finds for you to see and bid/buy via the e-catalog.

How can you help us? Please share this message with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and many others.

Feel free to contact us directly at [email protected] for assistance with how to register (sign-in), questions, concerns, or if you need additional information about an item in our e-catalog.

Do you need some motivation to get started? Let's begin with the auction items provided by Hartcorn Studios and Winspire.

Hartcorn Studios has provided a portrait session for an individual or family (including the cat or dog) at a beginning bid price of $100. Look for the Everlasting Memories and A Special Moment in Time auction packages in the e-catalog.

Winspire has partnered with us to provide some travel experiences & virtual experiences (food & wine). Interested bidders should reach out to us ([email protected]) and our staff volunteers will provide additional information (photos, flyers, detailed travel information, etc.) on the experiences provided below.

Travel Experiences: Discover the Road (in an RV for up to 7), NASCAR Driver for a Day, Pick Your Getaway, Stay & Play in Hilton Head, and the Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway,

Virtual Experiences (Food & Wine): At Your Dinner Table - Virtual Cooking Class for 10, Virtual Culinary Italian Fresh Pasta Cooking Class, Virtual Culinary Mexican Cooking Class, and Virtual Wine Tasting - Sipping Napa Valley at Home.

Hopefully, we have inspired you to register and share our on-line auction news. Thank you in advance for helping our non-profit organization have a successful 4th quarter in 2020.

What's New Wednesdays. How about the engineers get a clean table to eat from? A little green paint to finish the tables....
10/07/2020

What's New Wednesdays.
How about the engineers get a clean table to eat from? A little green paint to finish the tables. The deck and bulkheads were done last year and the chairs this year.
We deckies have our side done so we decided to dress up their mess.
A bunch more cool items came today for the online auction too.

What's new Wednesday's! (Thursday) A lot of support is coming in for donations towards our upcoming auction...details to...
10/01/2020

What's new Wednesday's! (Thursday) A lot of support is coming in for donations towards our upcoming auction...details to follow. Lots pictures to take and typing to be had. Not glamorous as running lines, but honest work.

SS PATRICK HENRY launched 27 Aug 1941, Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore Maryland.  This photo was taken 1 Oct 194...
10/01/2020

SS PATRICK HENRY launched 27 Aug 1941, Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore Maryland. This photo was taken 1 Oct 1941 by A, Leigh Sanders.

We want you to find 👀 a treasure 🐚!Attention Members and Friends . . . We Need Your Junk!That's right - you can help mak...
09/26/2020

We want you to find 👀 a treasure 🐚!

Attention Members and Friends . . . We Need Your Junk!

That's right - you can help make Project Liberty Ship's 1st Trash and Treasures On-Line Auction a success by donating any of the following:

1) Memorabilia - Sports, Music, History, etc.
2) Household items (probably not used during the last 1 - 3 years)
3) Gift cards (new and unused)
4) Themed Gift Baskets (be creative)
5) Merchant Marine and Military Uniforms (NO clothing please).
6) Handcrafted Furniture
7) and many others.

No donation is too big or too small, as long as our non-profit organization can raise funds during our on-line auction from November 2 - 11, 2020. Proceeds from the auction will support our operating WWII liberty ship museum.

Donations are being accepted as curbside drop-offs on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm until October 31, 2020.

Our berthing address is:
Project Liberty Ship, Inc.
S.S. John W. Brown
4601 Newgate Ave (Pier 13)
Baltimore, MD, 21224

If you have questions about what to donate, please call Dr. Ed Koronowski at (301) 887-7201 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Together - we can keep the S.S. John W. Brown sailing into 2021 and beyond.

What's New Wednesday's!How about moving our spare gangway off #3 hatch to the pier.  Its always fun for the deck crew  i...
09/23/2020

What's New Wednesday's!
How about moving our spare gangway off #3 hatch to the pier. Its always fun for the deck crew in warm sunny days. Also Carpenters Charles and Phil are in the process of replacing the over 700 batten wedges on all 5 hatch covers. The ultimate wedgies...

What's New Wednesday's. How about the carpentry shop making a new coffee table from dunnage boards from lower hold #3. I...
09/16/2020

What's New Wednesday's.

How about the carpentry shop making a new coffee table from dunnage boards from lower hold #3. I wish we had before pictures of the yellow pine boards before they got them prepared.

09/10/2020
Virtual Ship Tour: SS John W. Brown

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This WWII Liberty ship was proudly built right here in Baltimore by Bethlehem Steel and steamed off to help win the war in Europe. From the conclusion of the...

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4601 Newgate Ave
Baltimore, MD
21224-0546

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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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During Veterans Day, let us not forget those ships that also served. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to operate one of the last remaining Liberty Ships still in operation today. Built in 1942, SS John W. Brown is 78 years old and still very much alive.
Hey WWII fans, I am preparing an episode for our new television program STORIES FROM MAINE. This episode will be on the USS Eagle 56 and a new song called USS EAGLE 56 has been created by Stanley Keach and Jeff Trippe. I thought you all might like to see the video.
Found at an estate sale last week...
My father Everett E. "Dick" Reed went to work for Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard after he graduated from HS in 1942. He was a welder and help build the SS John W. Brown and many others. He attended the launching in Sept 42. He continued to work there until he was drafted in Aug 1943. He volunteered to be paratrooper and participated in the invasion of Southern France and the Battle of the Bulge during the war. We were fortunate that he saved many items during the early days. Other than a bit of staining on the cover page the program guide is in excellent condition as is the ID card.
My Dad, Thomas Golding, worked on the John Brown and John Brown II in the late 70’s through early 80’s when it was a Maritime High School, docked on the West Side in Manhattan. I came across these pictures after he passed, and wanted to post them here for you all to enjoy. I have many great memories of “exploring” this beautiful ship when I was a kid, and hope to see it again some day! These pictures are from 1978 and I believe this was the start of “Project Liberty Ship”
This pic was among my dads collection of WWII memorabilia ♥️❤️.
I had two winning raffle tickets for kits at the scale model club this evening . I got the Brown a scale model FW condor kit so sometime I will have a DO-17 built kit and a built U-Boat kit and the Condor kit to give when I come to the city again .Ship probably already has one but I can provide one or 2 Me-109 scale models too.
My grandfather served on this ship in WWII
I always wondered if they welded tie downs on the deck to secure deck cargo for a voyage and removed them as well? I am modeling her as well in 1/350 scale. Kit is nice except for the Batimore port on the decals! I fixed that. Was it better to stow the cargo in the holds?
Shipmates I am searching for a way to find the Liberty's my father served aboard in 42 and 43. He was a US Navy GMG2. He served aboard two possibly three liberties before returning to the US aboard a hospital ship. Can anyone help. Thank you.