SS John W. Brown (Project Liberty Ship)

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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.

PropTalk Magazine tour our ship today.
11/27/2019

PropTalk Magazine tour our ship today.

Today we’re touring the SS John W. Brown in Baltimore! She is one of only two remaining, fully operational Liberty ships that participated in World War II and was built right here in Baltimore. But unfortunately, a new pier must be found and very soon if this piece of history is to remain in its homeport. Stay tuned for more in the next issue of PropTalk! And help spread the word on the petition aimed at finding the SS John W. Brown a new berth.

https://www.change.org/p/maryland-state-house-help-the-ss-john-w-brown-find-a-berth?recruiter=1018039632&recruited_by_id=1b3d2d50-048f-11ea-9776-d59fe17af90a&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=petition_dashboard

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who gave us our tour today! Tours are available Wednesdays and Saturdays and open to the public. SS John W. Brown (Project Liberty Ship)

11/26/2019
Riveting the SS JOHN W BROWN

Every five years the BROWN goes to the shipyard. 5 years ago we needed hull work (lots of rivets and welding). We’re attaching our video below. Our date appears to be January 9th at the wonderful Colonna's Shipyard in Virginia. More info to follow about that. Also, we have a few local leads on our berthing issue. Nothing definitive but we’ll let you know when we have news. Keep your fingers crossed! https://youtu.be/6mbAgLEEKtg

LIVE: Happening right now, the riveters are beginning to button up the ship and her new bottom plates! Ever wanted to see how riveting is done? Here's your c...

11/22/2019
Sign the Petition

Just in case some of you did not sign the petition, here it is again. We need 800 more signatures to reach 5000. That’s a cool number, right?! Please like this post, share it or even ask friends to sign it. Let’s raise our collective voice.... #HelpTheSSJOHNWBROWN. http://chng.it/vCJWSD65

Help the SS JOHN W BROWN find a berth

Read about Steam School in this week's blog!
11/21/2019
STEAM SCHOOL #2 — S.S. JOHN W. BROWN

Read about Steam School in this week's blog!

Read this week’s blog on our popular and sold out second Steam School aboard the SS JOHN W BROWN

Nothing new to add at this point.  Lots of networking has occurred this week.  If you have not signed the petition, clic...
11/18/2019
Sign the Petition

Nothing new to add at this point. Lots of networking has occurred this week. If you have not signed the petition, click the link and sign your name. No need to ‘chip in’ on the petition to boost views. Instead ask someone you know to sign the petition. Let’s do this the ‘old school’ way. Help us get to 5000 signatures! http://chng.it/bNYGywx9H2.

Help the SS JOHN W BROWN find a berth

A reminder of how a historical ship is being used today to teach.
11/16/2019

A reminder of how a historical ship is being used today to teach.

Happy Thursday everyone!  We’re very close to getting 2,500 signatures on the petition (link below) and would LOVE thi...
11/14/2019

Happy Thursday everyone!
We’re very close to getting 2,500 signatures on the petition (link below) and would LOVE this to go viral. If you haven’t signed it, can you? Also, share the petition on FB or send it to 5 friends in an email. If you have contacts here in Baltimore or in other ports , please reach out to them. A quick note... this situation in which we find ourselves is no ones fault ... it’s not ours (we’ve been looking for years), It’s not our landlords fault (they have been helpful and gracious from the get-go), it’s not the city or state’s fault. We just need help because this ship and this situation is bigger than the members or the people who love the BROWN. Now is the time to spread the word and network. http://chng.it/fCR7pnMP9C
UPDATE: we’ve passed 2,500, keep sharing!!!! Let’s get to 5000!!!!!

Just in case anyone has missed what is going on 😉 here is the blog for this week on our website.   All the different ...
11/13/2019
SS JOHN W BROWN updates — S.S. JOHN W. BROWN

Just in case anyone has missed what is going on 😉 here is the blog for this week on our website. All the different news interviews, the Sun article and the link to the petition are all found here. Nice and consolidated. Good reading, hit LIKE and then SHARE it to your page. Thanks for the support!!
https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/blog/2019/11/12/ss-john-w-brown-in-the-news-really-all-over-the-news

Less than two weeks ago we found out that the few remaining months that we thought we had left on our lease, were whittled down to 1 1/2 months. A board meeting was held and a ‘press release’ was drafted, edited and released. This is the story…. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Liberty Ship S.S. J

A quick late night post.   There is no need to ‘chip’ in or donate for the petition. Just sign your name in support....
11/13/2019

A quick late night post. There is no need to ‘chip’ in or donate for the petition. Just sign your name in support. (http://chng.it/JPmm6dWrHs) No wonder our petition was on 🔥 and gaining momentum so quickly!!!

It may ASK you to donate, but like the ‘boost’ feature of Facebook, it apparently helps more people interested in history and other categories see this petition. We really just want signatures/supporters at this point. If we don’t find a berth in the next month, we will be charged by the day, so at some point we may have to do serious fundraising. BUT for now, just spread the word, share posts on social media, contact city and state representatives and keep supporting us. 😘💪🏻🙏🏻

And our long time friends at The Baltimore Sun are helping too.  Thanks for the great article.  Also to be clear, Rukert...
11/12/2019
S.S. John W. Brown needs a new home, or a 'tangible piece of Baltimore’s World War II history’ could be lost

And our long time friends at The Baltimore Sun are helping too. Thanks for the great article. Also to be clear, Rukert Terminals have graciously allowed us to stay longer than they needed to. It’s time to find a berth where we can be open to the public.

Navy Times
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
PBS NewsHour
PBS

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-john-brown-future-20191112-5wv2l2ufofa6rpe6dsl6nfmqmi-story.html

The Baltimore Liberty ship S.S. John W. Brown's time in its home port might be coming to an end.

Here is the FOX story that aired yesterday.  Please note that there is one correction needed. Our current lease agreemen...
11/12/2019
WWII ship could be leaving Baltimore

Here is the FOX story that aired yesterday. Please note that there is one correction needed. Our current lease agreement has not been extended and expires dec31 this year. Thanks WBFF FOX 45 for filming and helping us by repeatedly airing this story!!!

http://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/wwii-ship-could-be-leaving-baltimore

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A World War II ship may not be calling Baltimore home much longer. The Liberty ship S. S John W. Brown is facing a deadline due to the expiration of its pier lease. The 440 ship was launched in Baltimore on Labor Day in 1942. The ship is the only surviving troop-ship from World Wa...

A quick update... we’ve been interviewed by 2 news stations in 2 days.  One of our members created a petition, so feel...
11/12/2019
Click here to sign Andrea's petition

A quick update... we’ve been interviewed by 2 news stations in 2 days. One of our members created a petition, so feel free to go ‘old school’ with us to try and be heard and find people willing to advocate for us. Finally... many have asked what they can do to help. Share the posts, sign and share the petition. If you’re in Maryland, contact the mayor, city counselor and the governor. If you have connections... in government or in places with a deep water pier, talk with them and see if they can help. We’ve been trying to find a pier for years, so chances are that we’ve met with just about everyone who has a pier. Remember what we do and what we need... deep water, easy access by the public and a pier or way to be secured. We need advocates and lobbyists... people who know the importance of history and of the BROWN. We need friends. We need a miracle...thank you!!!

130 signatures still needed! Can you help?

Thanks WMAR-2 News Baltimore!  Nice story.  Local friends can help with contacting your representatives at all levels.  ...
11/11/2019
Baltimore built liberty ship looking for a new berth world

Thanks WMAR-2 News Baltimore! Nice story. Local friends can help with contacting your representatives at all levels. In our past we were blessed with advocates in politics like Helen Bentley. To stay in Baltimore we’re going to need help... step 1... share this post... spreads the word. If you’re in Md, contact representatives...
https://www.wmar2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/world-war-ii-ship-built-in-baltimore-in-1942-s-s-john-w-brown-looking-for-a-new-berth-world

The S.S. John W. Brown is one of only two liberty ships still operating in the world and its stationed here in Baltimore. At least for now.

At this point the purpose of this press release is to disseminate information to our members and the public.
11/11/2019

At this point the purpose of this press release is to disseminate information to our members and the public.

Deck rotation, last day of Steam School (album of pictures to come)!
11/10/2019

Deck rotation, last day of Steam School (album of pictures to come)!

Kara
11/09/2019

Kara

Steam School, day 2 has started!

And Steam School #2 on the SS JOHN W BROWN/Project Liberty Ship begins...  #lecturetime #learning
11/08/2019

And Steam School #2 on the SS JOHN W BROWN/Project Liberty Ship begins... #lecturetime #learning

MITAGS
05/15/2019

MITAGS

National Maritime Day is officially next Wednesday, May 22, but events kick-off this weekend!

Saturday, May 18
Full-day RSVP event honoring the two Savannahs. At 10 am, the U.S. Maritime Administration will host an information session and media tour for the decommissioning of the N.S. Savannah nuclear power plant. After lunch, a speaker program will celebrate the steam boat pioneers James Rumsey, John Fitch and Robert Fulton. The noted author John Laurence Busch will present the innovative history of the Steam Ship Savannah, and other speakers will celebrate the legacy of S.S. Savannah and the history and future of its nuclear namesake. You will also be able to view the ship’s nuclear power plant for the first time.

To register for Saturday’s free event, please visit: https://ecs.page.link/cdoQB

Buffet Dinner onboard the John W. Brown, beer & wine included for $50, beginning at 5:30 pm. To RSVP https://ecs.page.link/jV7pt

Sunday, May 19
The Baltimore Port Alliance will host its annual National Maritime Day Port Expo, from 9 am – 3 pm. The event, including the John W. Brown, N.S. Savannah and other visiting vessels will be open to the general public. At noon, there will be a great steam whistle salute to the S.S. Savannah – something you won’t want to miss.

If you have been thinking about joining us for the June 15th cruise, now is the time to order your tickets. It is our fi...
05/11/2019

If you have been thinking about joining us for the June 15th cruise, now is the time to order your tickets. It is our first Living History Cruise of the year and the deadline to order is June 1. Tickets would make a great FATHER' S GIFT. Order here https://www.eventbrite.com/o/project-liberty-ship-inc-5785907816. In honor of father's day, use the promotional code PLS2019 for discounted tickets.

05/10/2019
So far, today, in day 3 of our first Steam School, students lit off boilers at 5am to raise steam and at 7am we’ve shi...
05/05/2019

So far, today, in day 3 of our first Steam School, students lit off boilers at 5am to raise steam and at 7am we’ve shifted auxiliaries over to steam and started the auxiliary plant. We are now splitting into two groups with one group operating the winches on deck, and the other group is warming up the main engine and standing a watch. After lunch we will switch teams.

Day 2 of the first Steam School on the SS JOHN W BROWN.
05/04/2019

Day 2 of the first Steam School on the SS JOHN W BROWN.

National Maritime Day Dinner aboard the Liberty Ship JOHN W BROWN. Saturday, May 18th 5:30Pier 13 – 4601 Newgate Avenu...
05/02/2019
National Maritime Day Dinner

National Maritime Day Dinner aboard the Liberty Ship JOHN W BROWN.
Saturday, May 18th 5:30

Pier 13 – 4601 Newgate Avenue in Baltimore
Catered by Stratford University, Chef Raimund Hofmeister
Menu:
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Roast Beef with a Beef Gravy
Potatoes
Green Beans
Dessert
Beer & wine

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-maritime-day-dinner-tickets-61230901274

National Maritime Day Come join us for dinner aboard the Liberty Ship JOHN W. BROWN Saturday, May 18th 5:30 Pier 13 – 4601 Newgate Avenue in Baltimore Catered by Stratford University, Chef Raimund Hofmeister Menu: Stuffed Chicken Breast Roast Beef with a Beef Gravy Potatoes Green Beans Dessert Bee...

04/30/2019

This month we’ve shared short videos each day to celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month. We’re going to keep recording them because our volunteers are important too, but we won’t be sharing them daily. We’re ending with Stacia, our amazing, hard working Treasurer and she sums up how we feel about our volunteers. If you’d like to become part of this great organization, sign up here to become a member https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/membership and then contact us to come volunteer!!!

04/29/2019

Many, many of you know Mike. He has been involved with the BROWN forever and has his helpful hands in so many pots, we don’t know how he juggles it all. Say hello to Mike and like/share his video!

04/28/2019

Give Volunteer Kathleen a big hello by commenting and sharing (and liking!) the post. She’s so smart and such an asset.

04/27/2019

Today’s volunteer/crew member is Dan. If you’re thinking of coming to volunteer, Dan is gonna be your man. He’s the volunteer coordinator and all around cool guy! Say hi to Dan and think about coming down to the ship to join a really cool and fun organization. https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/contact/

04/26/2019

Meet Hugh, everyone! As chairman of Project Liberty Ship, he carries a huge weight but has a wealth of experience. He’s one of the few current volunteers/crew members who made the Great Lakes trip.

04/24/2019

Liam actually does hold the record as the volunteer who started at the youngest age. He also knows EVERY single place to hide on the ship and is an amazing resource.

04/24/2019

Give Anne, tonight’s volunteer, a big hello.

04/23/2019

We’re hoping that each video gives a slightly different perspective on what a BROWN volunteer ‘looks like’. Dave is one of our newest volunteers and he got involved by going to an RV show and talking to one of our volunteers. We’re sneaky like that... happy Tuesday!

04/22/2019

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Today’s volunteer is Denny and he’s ALWAYS interesting to talk to 🤔🤪😂

04/21/2019

Everyone who follows us should know Rick. He was a legendary Chief Mate before stepping into the role of Master of the ship/Captain for the last 10 years. Rick recently stepped down from the position but still is actively involved AND is our fountain of knowledge. Say hello to Rick today by commenting, liking and/or sharing!

04/20/2019

Friends, this is Fred. He’s a licensed professional, infamous ‘loser of GoPro’ off the coast of NYC, seasoned world traveler and he still spends time on the BROWN. Give Fred some LibertyShip love by commenting, liking and/or sharing his video! You, too, can come volunteer and polish brass 😳🤪

04/19/2019

Give one of our long-time assets and ‘characters’ some loving’ 🥰. Bob makes everyone smile. Bob’s not on FB but if you comment, we’ll make sure he see’s them. Thanks for helping the BROWN by liking, sharing and commenting; we need to spread the word. Check out www.ssjohnwbrown.org for tickets, membership, and volunteer info.

04/19/2019

Say hello to Susan, who recently completed the Basic Safety Training course

04/18/2019

Today’s volunteer is Joe. Though he’s entrenched in the Engine Department, he can also be found working on deck or in administrative roles. Help spread the word and hit ‘like’ 👍🏻, and ‘share’ ⤴️.

04/17/2019

Kris is a ‘dynamite’ volunteer (fireman/watertender in the engine department)!

04/17/2019

Another of our younger volunteers and a solid docent; say hi to Geoff.

04/17/2019

Many of our volunteers like Tom, love talking about the parts of history and ships that they are passionate about...

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2020 S Clinton St
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

Telephone

(410) 558-0646

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