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.

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.

Operating as usual

Photos from Ferd Brundick's post
09/13/2021

Photos from Ferd Brundick's post

09/11/2021
Train, train, train; practice, practice, practice
09/11/2021

Train, train, train; practice, practice, practice

09/11/2021

Honor bell for Flight 93

If the AIS shows that the BROWN is moving today, it’s correct😉 .  Crew only training, our “shakedown cruise”.  Boilers l...
09/11/2021

If the AIS shows that the BROWN is moving today, it’s correct😉 . Crew only training, our “shakedown cruise”. Boilers lit at midnight; we’ll be off the pier at 10am

Thank you to everyone who visited the JOHN W BROWN on Saturday and to everyone who helped to make the Maritime Community...
09/07/2021

Thank you to everyone who visited the JOHN W BROWN on Saturday and to everyone who helped to make the Maritime Community Day a success! .

Thank you to everyone who visited the JOHN W BROWN on Saturday and to everyone who helped to make the Maritime Community Day a success! .

09/04/2021

C’mon out. Take advantage of this beautiful day and celebrate maritime history. Tour the ship, eat at food trucks (Cross roads Bistro & Kona Ice) face painting, live music and more.

Almost set up. Come see us today 9am-3pm
09/04/2021

Almost set up. Come see us today 9am-3pm

Just leaving this here and hope you will join us in Sept 4 for our event. Share with friends and Family. Thanks
09/02/2021

Just leaving this here and hope you will join us in Sept 4 for our event. Share with friends and Family. Thanks

Just leaving this here and hope you will join us in Sept 4 for our event. Share with friends and Family. Thanks

Maritime Community Day this coming Saturday, September 4th 9am to 3pm. Come tour the ship, visit NS Savannah, Baltimore ...
08/30/2021

Maritime Community Day this coming Saturday, September 4th 9am to 3pm.

Come tour the ship, visit NS Savannah, Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Co, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Coast Guard & Moran tugboats.

Have lunch at the Crossroads or Kona Ice food trucks. Location Pier 13, 4601 Newgate Ave, Baltimore MD

Maritime Community Day this coming Saturday, September 4th 9am to 3pm.

Come tour the ship, visit NS Savannah, Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Co, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Coast Guard & Moran tugboats.

Have lunch at the Crossroads or Kona Ice food trucks. Location Pier 13, 4601 Newgate Ave, Baltimore MD

Sophia invites you to Maritime Community Day on September 4th 9am to 3pm. Come tour the ship, visit NS Savannah, Baltimo...
08/29/2021
V24 Maritime Community Day on S.S. JOHN W. BROWN

Sophia invites you to Maritime Community Day on September 4th 9am to 3pm. Come tour the ship, visit NS Savannah, Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Co, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Coast Guard & Moran tugboats. Have lunch at the Crossroads or Kona Ice food trucks. Location Pier 13, 4601 Newgate Ave, Baltimore MD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7ZhCc6FLvc

This video contains information about Maritime Community Day on 9-4-21 on the S.S. JOHN W. BROWN. Visit www.ssjohnwbrown.org for more information about the ...

Photos from Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company's post
08/27/2021

Photos from Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company's post

Treasure Pier side Sale - August 14 - 7am to 2pm 4601 Newgate Ave, Baltimore Stop by to see what we have. Looking forwar...
08/07/2021

Treasure Pier side Sale - August 14 - 7am to 2pm
4601 Newgate Ave, Baltimore
Stop by to see what we have.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Treasure Pier side Sale - August 14 - 7am to 2pm
4601 Newgate Ave, Baltimore
Stop by to see what we have.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Maritime Community DayIt's time to bring your family and friends to our liberty ship for a FREE ship tours on September ...
08/04/2021

Maritime Community Day
It's time to bring your family and friends to our liberty ship for a FREE ship tours on September 4th from 9 am until 3 pm.

Support Crossroads Bistro for lunch where visitors can order on-line based upon the menu, stop by the food truck for pick-up, and walk to Tween 1 and 2 to enjoy lunch in an air-conditioned setting.

Children may have his/her face painted, venture on a scavenger hunt through-out the ship, watch equipment demonstrations, see tugboats, and if all goes well, the family may want to support Kona Ice of NE Anne Arundel County and enjoy an icy shaved treat after departing our museum.

To help make our community day a success, please share the event flyer with everyone. Let us know where our event flyer has traveled by taking a photo and sharing on our page.

Maritime Community Day
It's time to bring your family and friends to our liberty ship for a FREE ship tours on September 4th from 9 am until 3 pm.

Support Crossroads Bistro for lunch where visitors can order on-line based upon the menu, stop by the food truck for pick-up, and walk to Tween 1 and 2 to enjoy lunch in an air-conditioned setting.

Children may have his/her face painted, venture on a scavenger hunt through-out the ship, watch equipment demonstrations, see tugboats, and if all goes well, the family may want to support Kona Ice of NE Anne Arundel County and enjoy an icy shaved treat after departing our museum.

To help make our community day a success, please share the event flyer with everyone. Let us know where our event flyer has traveled by taking a photo and sharing on our page.

07/28/2021

July 28, 1942 the keel laying of the JOHN W. BROWN took place at Bethlehem Fairfield in Baltimore. Thanks to the Mike Wicklein group, we have this a video to share with all of our friends. Please share to your friends.

One Day Only - It's our Timeless Treasure Pier Side Sale to Benefit Project Liberty Ship, Inc. and the S.S. John W. Brow...
07/25/2021

One Day Only - It's our Timeless Treasure Pier Side Sale to Benefit Project Liberty Ship, Inc. and the S.S. John W. Brown!

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Hours: 7:00 am until 2:00 pm
Where: 4601 Newgate Ave - Pier 13 in Baltimore, MD 21224

Come and find vintage treasures, maritime antiques, artwork, glassware, books galore, household items, and many others while enjoying the Canton waterfront. With bargain prices beginning at 25 cents - you don't wat to miss this one-day sale.

After making your purchase, please come aboard our World War II liberty ship museum and tour the engine room, Tween decks, Armed Guard quarters, and much more for FREE. It's our way of saying thank you for supporting our 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Please bring everyone to the BIGGEST sale of the year and support a local Maryland non-profit soon!

One Day Only - It's our Timeless Treasure Pier Side Sale to Benefit Project Liberty Ship, Inc. and the S.S. John W. Brown!

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Hours: 7:00 am until 2:00 pm
Where: 4601 Newgate Ave - Pier 13 in Baltimore, MD 21224

Come and find vintage treasures, maritime antiques, artwork, glassware, books galore, household items, and many others while enjoying the Canton waterfront. With bargain prices beginning at 25 cents - you don't wat to miss this one-day sale.

After making your purchase, please come aboard our World War II liberty ship museum and tour the engine room, Tween decks, Armed Guard quarters, and much more for FREE. It's our way of saying thank you for supporting our 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Please bring everyone to the BIGGEST sale of the year and support a local Maryland non-profit soon!

The WWII Merchant Seaman Experience is October 15 - 17, 2021.Topics include: Liberty Ship history and the triple expansi...
06/15/2021

The WWII Merchant Seaman Experience is October 15 - 17, 2021.

Topics include: Liberty Ship history and the triple expansion steam engine, piloting and celestial navigation, cargo handling, shipboard firefighting and damage control, defensive weaponry, in-water lifeboat operations and more. You will learn the duties of a WWII Merchant Seaman as you operate the original steam winches moving cargo from pier side to the ship’s hold, chart courses, navigate and operate the radar in the wheelhouse, operate ship’s fire pump and steering gear under emergency conditions, anti-aircraft gunnery training, transmit messages by signal flags and abandon ship in the lifeboats!

The WWII Merchant Seaman Experience includes onboard accommodations in original crew cabins Friday and Saturday night, parking on the pier, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners on board the ship. (Optional stay aboard Sunday night with meals included for $50 extra) Included with the package you will receive a one year membership in Project Liberty Ship and original World War II training manuals by e-mail in advance of the session.

All instructors are members of the SS John W. Brown Crew.

To register - go to https://conta.cc/2QCjHC8

If you have questions, please contact us by email at: [email protected]

The WWII Merchant Seaman Experience is October 15 - 17, 2021.

Topics include: Liberty Ship history and the triple expansion steam engine, piloting and celestial navigation, cargo handling, shipboard firefighting and damage control, defensive weaponry, in-water lifeboat operations and more. You will learn the duties of a WWII Merchant Seaman as you operate the original steam winches moving cargo from pier side to the ship’s hold, chart courses, navigate and operate the radar in the wheelhouse, operate ship’s fire pump and steering gear under emergency conditions, anti-aircraft gunnery training, transmit messages by signal flags and abandon ship in the lifeboats!

The WWII Merchant Seaman Experience includes onboard accommodations in original crew cabins Friday and Saturday night, parking on the pier, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners on board the ship. (Optional stay aboard Sunday night with meals included for $50 extra) Included with the package you will receive a one year membership in Project Liberty Ship and original World War II training manuals by e-mail in advance of the session.

All instructors are members of the SS John W. Brown Crew.

To register - go to https://conta.cc/2QCjHC8

If you have questions, please contact us by email at: [email protected]

Timeline Photos
06/10/2021

Timeline Photos

Get Up Close and Industrial With the Largest Baltimore - Built Object That Moves: S.S. John W. Brown

Join the Baltimore Museum of Industry for a free online program in partnership with Project Liberty Ship on Thursday, Jun 24 at 7pm that will take viewers behind the scenes and under the decks of one of Baltimore’s most beloved and historically significant artifacts, the S.S. John W. Brown.

One of only two surviving fully operational Liberty ships preserved in the United States, the S.S. John W. Brown is the product of an emergency shipbuilding program in World War II that resulted in the construction of more than 2,700 Liberty ships, a class of cargo freighters that could be built quickly at low cost.

The one-hour program features a brief history of Baltimore’s shipyards, an overview of the 35,000 ship plans in the BMI collection, and volunteers from the John W. Brown who will share the history of the Brown’s service.

This online program is free to attend. Advanced registration is required here at https://conta.cc/3pD0bD3.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Get Up Close and Industrial With the Largest Baltimore - Built Object That Moves: S.S. John W. BrownJoin the Baltimore M...
06/10/2021

Get Up Close and Industrial With the Largest Baltimore - Built Object That Moves: S.S. John W. Brown

Join the Baltimore Museum of Industry for a free online program in partnership with Project Liberty Ship on Thursday, Jun 24 at 7pm that will take viewers behind the scenes and under the decks of one of Baltimore’s most beloved and historically significant artifacts, the S.S. John W. Brown.

One of only two surviving fully operational Liberty ships preserved in the United States, the S.S. John W. Brown is the product of an emergency shipbuilding program in World War II that resulted in the construction of more than 2,700 Liberty ships, a class of cargo freighters that could be built quickly at low cost.

The one-hour program features a brief history of Baltimore’s shipyards, an overview of the 35,000 ship plans in the BMI collection, and volunteers from the John W. Brown who will share the history of the Brown’s service.

This online program is free to attend. Advanced registration is required here at https://conta.cc/3pD0bD3.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Get Up Close and Industrial With the Largest Baltimore - Built Object That Moves: S.S. John W. Brown

Join the Baltimore Museum of Industry for a free online program in partnership with Project Liberty Ship on Thursday, Jun 24 at 7pm that will take viewers behind the scenes and under the decks of one of Baltimore’s most beloved and historically significant artifacts, the S.S. John W. Brown.

One of only two surviving fully operational Liberty ships preserved in the United States, the S.S. John W. Brown is the product of an emergency shipbuilding program in World War II that resulted in the construction of more than 2,700 Liberty ships, a class of cargo freighters that could be built quickly at low cost.

The one-hour program features a brief history of Baltimore’s shipyards, an overview of the 35,000 ship plans in the BMI collection, and volunteers from the John W. Brown who will share the history of the Brown’s service.

This online program is free to attend. Advanced registration is required here at https://conta.cc/3pD0bD3.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

06/09/2021
BMI will feature the JOHN W. BROWN as part of their Behind the Scenes events on June 24 at 7 pm.  You do need to registe...
06/07/2021

BMI will feature the JOHN W. BROWN as part of their Behind the Scenes events on June 24 at 7 pm. You do need to register, but it is free. https://buff.ly/3fKEkpJ

The BMI and program partner Project Liberty Ship will tell the story of how Baltimore became a shipbuilding power that produced one of Baltimore’s most historically significant artifacts, the S.S. John W. Brown.

Free to all. https://buff.ly/3fKEkpJ

Our YouTube Youth videographers are doing a super job connecting again! Letting others know that we reached 2,000,000 vo...
06/06/2021
V16 Volunteer Day 6 5 21 mp4

Our YouTube Youth videographers are doing a super job connecting again! Letting others know that we reached 2,000,000 volunteer hours!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNW9Njo06Rw

This video contains information about Project Liberty Ship and Volunteer Day on the S.S. JOHN W. BROWN. Please subscribe to the YouTube Channel, Aboard the ...

Upcoming events: Steam School - Oct 1 to 3 and Nov 5 to 7Seaman School Oct 15 to 17. Both are limited to 16 persons. You...
06/02/2021

Upcoming events:
Steam School - Oct 1 to 3 and Nov 5 to 7
Seaman School Oct 15 to 17. Both are limited to 16 persons. You get to sleep aboard our WWII Liberty Ship.
Reserve your place now.
www.ssjohnwbrown.org

https://youtu.be/MV4J8RhVy7AHere is Oliva and her family creating a great video of a seldom open to public area on the S...
05/17/2021
V13 & V14 Escape Trunk on S.S. JOHN W. BROWN

https://youtu.be/MV4J8RhVy7A
Here is Oliva and her family creating a great video of a seldom open to public area on the S.S. John W. Brown. Listen and see where!

These 2 videos contain information about the Escape Trunk on the S.S. JOHN W. BROWN. View the interior and exterior of this historical maritime treasure to ...

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

Opening Hours

Wednesday 9am - 2pm
Saturday 9am - 2pm

Telephone

(410) 558-0646

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Travel back to 1944 on a WWII Liberty Ship. Enjoy a 6 hour Living History Cruises on the Chesapeake Bay. The cruise includes Live entertainment, flybys of wartime aircraft (weather permitting), tour the ship and see the triple expansion steam engine as it propels the ship through the water. See our website at www.ssjohnwbrown.org for more info. To order tickets call 410-558-0164. Don't miss the ship!

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We had some STEM students onboard for yesterday's cruise.
John demonstrating how to throw a line.
From 1946 to 1982, the John W. Brown served as the New York City public schools' floating maritime high school -- the only such in the United States. The ship also hosted the city's culinary high school. A number of my father's junior high school classmates in the South Bronx went on to high school aboard the Brown. (He lost touch with them, so I do not have any of their stories to tell.) I grew up in the Bronx too, and whenever my family drove down the West Side Highway, we always kept a lookout for the Brown; at least once, evidently, we stopped to see her up close, and my father made this photo of me there circa 1970. We did not know the other child, the one climbing up the hawsers, nor do we remember how far up s/he made it. Photo by John E Helbok
My father, Cpl Floyd R. Perry, returned from France on a Liberty Ship with the 513 PIB as part of the 17 Airborne Div, Sept 1945 after 3 years in WWII. He spent 6 months with the 517 PIR in Italy, France, Belgium, Rhineland and Germany. May - Aug 1945 he was in France training for the imminent invasion of Japan prior to their surrender. I have often wondered what it was like on the Liberty Ships and I'm encouraged that there are museum/tour ships like the SS John Brown available to visit. Skyler Perry Tanya Drake Debbie McLain Huddleston. 2 of my brother's sons live in Baltimore and it would be great to visit.
When Covid declines I have 2 scale model u-boats and 9 scale model German and Italian aircraft and a wooden 12 inch ruler to go on display aboard the ship
I had to take a still life photo for a workshop. Here's some Brown memorabilia.
Please support The John Brown one of the last working Liberty Ships.I support it in the Memory of Linus Wallgren who at the age of 17 enlisted in the Merchant Marines.he served from 1943 through 1945 as an able seaman and as quartermaster.He saw active wartime service in the Atlantic ,the Med , and the Pacific theaters operation, and made it home safely.He passed away last year at the age of 93.He is our Hero. Please help keep her sailing.
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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...