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.

Temporarily closed

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

We KNOW some of our friends saw this video yesterday. We got word that this video in particular is trending. Help us make this video go viral by liking it, giving a comment about what you liked about it AND by sharing it to your own page. We love spreading info about #ssjohnwbrown and #projectLibertyShip
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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...

Taken Sept 2015.  We didn't know the ships would be neighbors in 2020.
09/08/2020

Taken Sept 2015. We didn't know the ships would be neighbors in 2020.

Taken on 9/4/15... pretty cool perspective.

Sept 8, 2013 After a cruise.  We sure miss sailing and having passengers aboard.  Hope to see you in 2021.
09/08/2020

Sept 8, 2013 After a cruise. We sure miss sailing and having passengers aboard. Hope to see you in 2021.

We will be posting photos from Saturdays cruise soon, but we wanted to share a shot of something that our passengers do not get to see and that’s a view after a cruise. After securing the ship and the steam plant is shut down, a final time of fellowship is shared before each one of us goes back to our normal lives. Everyone is hot, dirty, sunburnt, sweaty and exhausted and now it’s a time to reflect on the day, laugh a little and enjoy time together. We are family, each from different backgrounds and social circles that have come together for a common good; however when it is all said and done, we are one.

09/06/2020
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Look closely you will see the JOHN W BROWN.

Hey Baltimore! Get a "First Look" at all the exciting events during our first Virtual Fleet Week going Live on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram & Twitter September 8-11, 2020. See our Hometown Fleet up close and in a new way with Virtual Ship Tours, Exclusive Access & Learn about their Legacy and Service as We Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII. Experience the Excellence of our U.S. Navy today through exciting demonstrations, Ship Tours and more!

Follow along by liking our page, follow us on Instagram ( https://bit.ly/30m2X4l ) AND SUBSCRIBED on Youtube --> https://bit.ly/3k8LDaQ

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📣Cheers to Preserving World War II History📣We need all hands on deck to make our crowdfunding campaign for start-up cost...
08/27/2020

📣Cheers to Preserving World War II History📣

We need all hands on deck to make our crowdfunding campaign for start-up costs for our permanent pier efforts a success! Only $5K remains to be raised and the $25K goal will be achieved. DONATE today at http://bit.ly/2UpiPir

On-Line Store Deals and Promotions: https://conta.cc/3l8psCa
While quantities last and prices exclude sales tax, shipping, and fees.
1). Bargain priced at $25 to $26 each is the hat and t-shirt combo.
2). On Sale: The Glencannon Book Series: Volumes 3 ($20 each), 4 ($15 each), 5 ($10 each), and 6 ($15 each).
3). Reduced: the Heavy Roll Cafe t-shirt is available in size Large only at $15 each.
4). Receive a small gift when you pre-order a 2021 calendar via our on-line store.

Annual and Lifetime Memberships can be purchased or renewed here: http://bit.ly/2R4jkLs

Volunteers are needed for the following areas:
1). On-Line Store to assist with the packing and shipping of orders.
2). Fundraising to assist with opening and organizing of the mail during direct mail campaigns.
3). Bull, Shrimp, and Oyster fundraising events to assist with raffles, silent auctions, at the door ticket sales and more.
4) Docents to provide guided ship tours to public visitors, during special events, and group tours by appointment (educational, corporate, youth, etc.).

If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail [email protected]

😷Be safe and thank you for supporting Project Liberty Ship, Inc. and the S.S. John W. Brown.😷

The JOHN W. BROWN arriving Baltimore in August 12,1988.  32 years ago, Project Liberty Ship brought the ship back to her...
08/11/2020

The JOHN W. BROWN arriving Baltimore in August 12,1988. 32 years ago, Project Liberty Ship brought the ship back to her birthplace. The volunteers breathed life back into her as they restored her engines, decks and much more.

You can help keep JOHN W. BROWN alive with your generous donations or becoming a member here: https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/take-action

A different view of the JOHN W BROWN at Pier 13.
07/27/2020

A different view of the JOHN W BROWN at Pier 13.

⚓️  Deal of the Week  ⚓️  Save $5 on each 4 Pack of Plimsoll Glasses Now $55 (was $60) before shipping, sales tax, and f...
07/26/2020

⚓️ Deal of the Week ⚓️ Save $5 on each 4 Pack of Plimsoll Glasses

Now $55 (was $60) before shipping, sales tax, and fees.

Order through our on-line store. https://conta.cc/3dWnT6f

For our loyal Facebook fans - Challenge Coins and Hat/T-Shirt Combos are back in stock. Additionally, 2021 calendars can be pre-ordered with mail delivery during December 2020.

Donations & pledges are being accepted through our crowdfunding campaign - WWII Maritime ExPIERence 2020 to fundraise start-up costs ($25K) for our permanent PIER efforts. Please consider giving a recurring pledge, one-time contribution, or setting-up your own fundraising page. http://bit.ly/2UpiPir

Our Board of Directors, operating crew, and volunteers greatly appreciate your on-going support during these tough times. Please continue to share this post with family and friends and stay safe! 😷

🛎Reserve for your WWII Weekend Getaway in Baltimore, MD🛎For the Merchant Seaman (Oct 2 - 4, 2020) and Steam School (Sept...
07/08/2020

🛎Reserve for your WWII Weekend Getaway in Baltimore, MD🛎

For the Merchant Seaman (Oct 2 - 4, 2020) and Steam School (Sept. 25 - 27 and Nov 6 - 8, 2020) Experiences.

* Accommodations in original crew cabins aboard the S.S. John W. Brown (Friday & Saturday night & option for Sunday night)
* Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, and Dinners included onboard the ship
* Secure Parking on the Pier
* 1 year membership with Project Liberty Ship, Inc.
* Training manuals and much more!

Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/project-liberty-ship-inc-5785907816

Pre-Order 2021 Calendars - Troopships & Transports in World War II and receive a FREE small gift.https://www.ssjohnwbrow...
07/03/2020

Pre-Order 2021 Calendars - Troopships & Transports in World War II and receive a FREE small gift.

https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/online-store

Each year, our non-profit organization sells calendars to continue our mission and educate the public about WWII maritime history. Our goal is to surpass 1,000 calendars. Group discounts are available for calendar orders in a quantity of 25 or more, please call our Secretary, Joann at 410-558-0646. All calendars will be shipped in December 2020.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

06/17/2020
Liberty Ships: Extraordinarily Ordinary

Liberty Ships: Extraordinarily Ordinary
That's a tongue twister of a title. And this is the most requested video ever. Hope you all enjoy. You legends. Simon's Social Media: Twitter:

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That's a tongue twister of a title. And this is the most requested video ever. Hope you all enjoy. You legends. Simon's Social Media: Twitter: https://twitte...

ALCON for historic vessels and museum ships in the United States:Our friends at MARAD are implementing a program to send...
06/16/2020

ALCON for historic vessels and museum ships in the United States:

Our friends at MARAD are implementing a program to send FREE boxes of 500 face masks to historic vessels around the country to help aid in recovery and reopening.

We are asking that one officer or representative from each historic vessel contact Liam, Chief Mate on the SS JOHN W. BROWN, and he will get you in touch with the coordinator directly.

All they will need is your historic vessel’s POC and a non-PO box mailing address. Email: [email protected]

Thanks to Pim at Museumships for being the first in helping us spread the word! If you know of any historic vessels that need our help, share this with them!

Picture from our 2020 USCG COI Inspection

Liam
06/16/2020

Liam

ALCON for historic vessels and museum ships in the United States:

Our friends at MARAD are implementing a program to send FREE boxes of 500 face masks to historic vessels around the country to help aid in recovery and reopening.

We are asking that one officer or representative from each historic vessel contact Liam, Chief Mate on the SS JOHN W. BROWN, and he will get you in touch with the coordinator directly.

All they will need is your historic vessel’s POC and a non-PO box mailing address. Email: [email protected]

Thanks to Pim at Museumships for being the first in helping us spread the word! If you know of any historic vessels that need our help, share this with them!

Bel Air High student wins award at Maryland History Day competition
06/15/2020
Bel Air High student wins award at Maryland History Day competition

Bel Air High student wins award at Maryland History Day competition

Olivia Borkowski-Johnson of Bel Air High School won the Special Prize in Historic Preservation, Senior Division, at the 2020 Maryland History Day competition for her website entitled, "Maritime Heroes of Liberty Ships: Breaking Barriers on Land and Sea."

Congratulations to Olivia!
06/14/2020
Bel Air High student wins award at Maryland History Day competition

Congratulations to Olivia!

Olivia Borkowski-Johnson of Bel Air High School won the Special Prize in Historic Preservation, Senior Division, at the 2020 Maryland History Day competition for her website entitled, "Maritime Heroes of Liberty Ships: Breaking Barriers on Land and Sea."

⚓️Treat Yourself at Our Online Store⚓️Our unique products include Brownie coffee mugs, plimsoll & whiskey glasses, retro...
06/12/2020

⚓️Treat Yourself at Our Online Store⚓️

Our unique products include Brownie coffee mugs, plimsoll & whiskey glasses, retro Brownie & plimsoll t-shirts, books, patches, hats, and much more to benefit our small business. When you spend $75+ at the on-line store, receive a FREE book: We Delivered: The U.S. Navy Armed Guard in World War II by Lyle E. Dupra. This promotional offer ends on June 30, 2020, so don’t delay. Place your order today!

https://www.ssjohnwbrown.org/online-store

06/07/2020
D-Day - A Look at All 5 Beaches with Original Footage and Photos

Today was the 76th Anniversary of D-Day. Here is some great footage.
We remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice & we honor those who courageously served.

74 years ago, in Northern France, one of the most essential operations of World War II took place. As a part of Operation Overlord, the Normandy landings

06/07/2020

Captain Herb Groh was a long time crew member, He helped Project Liberty Ship get the JOHN W BROWN and was aboard when she was brought to Baltimore In 1988.

Join with us to send our collective thoughts, prayers, well wishes (whatever it is that YOU do) to our sister ship SS Je...
05/23/2020
Crews battle 4-alarm fire at San Francisco's Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf

Join with us to send our collective thoughts, prayers, well wishes (whatever it is that YOU do) to our sister ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien, National Liberty Ship Memorial in San Francisco. Firefighters battling a 4 alarm fire are trying to protect her. https://abc7news.com/amp/pier-45-fire-sf-fisherman-wharf/6206369/
A scary situation for a historic ship that takes 8-12 hours to fire up

Crews are battling a four-alarm fire burning at a warehouse at Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf.

05/22/2020
Maritime Administration

Maritime Administration

#MaritimeDelivers when our Nation needs it most. #NationalMaritimeDay

May 22 is National Maritime Day and we recognise the United States Merchant Marine.
05/22/2020

May 22 is National Maritime Day and we recognise the United States Merchant Marine.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2020

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, 2020

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Since the founding of our great Nation, we have relied on merchant mariners to deliver goods to market and strengthen our national security. On National Maritime Day, we recognize the United States Merchant Marine for all it does to facilitate our commerce and protect our interests at sea.

Our Nation's merchant mariners enable peaceful trade with countries around the world and provide vital sealift support to our Armed Forces. Whether on the ocean or our inland waterways, merchant mariners support our economy by transporting billions of dollars of imported and exported goods. These men and women also sail bravely into combat zones to deliver supplies and weapons to our military men and women, playing a critical role in the success of their mission.

This year, as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, we pay tribute to the United States merchant mariners who served as the "Fourth Arm of Defense" for our Nation during the war. Earlier this year, I was proud to sign into law long-overdue legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the valiant civilian merchant mariners who maintained critical supply lines to our overseas troops and allies during the Second World War. Many of these mariners endured brutal attacks from German U-boats, and more than 6,000 of them perished at sea or were held as prisoners of war. This number includes 142 students of the United States Merchant Marine Academy -- distinguishing it as the only one of the five service academies authorized to carry a battle standard.

As we remember the tremendous sacrifices of the World War II merchant mariners, we also continue to honor the present‑day citizen mariners who make up our Nation's world‑class Merchant Marine. Today, we pay tribute to their expertise, patriotism, and dedication to serving our country and ensuring our national security.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as "National Maritime Day" to commemorate the first transoceanic voyage by a steamship in 1819 by the S.S. Savannah. By this resolution, the Congress has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2020, as National Maritime Day. I call upon the people of the United States to mark this observance and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their communities. I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.


DONALD J. TRUMP

05/20/2020
World War II Film

Thank you, Michael Fogleman.

"Shipbuilding Program Hits All-Time High" - National Archives.

05/20/2020
Electric Moose TV

This was recorded on one of our cruises. Enjoy.

This EMTv episode includes Baltimore's last 2 Liberty ships and our family's link between the two. The SS Samar was the last Liberty Ship built in Baltimore. Christened by my grandmother in Oct 1944, our family presented the original christening bottle to the Museum of the SS John W Brown 70 years later on one of their cruises from Baltimore. Join us as we re-create the historic WBAL radio show from 1944 onboard the Brown 70 years later.

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!.

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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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.
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!!