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NAME

SS. JEREMIAH O’ BRIEN

CLASS

CARGO SHIP (LIBERTY SHIP)

LAUNCHED

JUNE 19th 1943

BUILT

NEW YORK SHIPBUILDING CORPORATION / AMERICA

WEIGHT

7,176 TONS

LENGTH

441 FEET

WIDTH

56 FEET

SPEED

11 KNOTS - PISTON ENGINES - ONE PROPELLER


Liberty ships were built to replace the vast amount of cargo ships being sunk by submarines during World War Two. In order to construct a large number of these ships, they were built in prefabricated welded modules before being taken to the shipyards for assembly. There were over 2,700 Liberty ships built between 1941 and 1945 at 18 separate American shipyards. The first Liberty ship Patrick Henry was launched September 27th 1941. The fastest assembled Liberty ship Robert E Peary took just 4 days 15 hours to be built at Permanente Metals Corporation Richmond/California. That ship was launched November 12th 1942. Jeremiah OBrien’s first deployments were from the east coast of America - South America, Australia and the Philippians.

Jeremiah O Brien at sea

Between June and December 1944, she made eleven trips from England to the Omaha and Utah beachheads at Normandy. The end of the war led to Jeremiah OBrien being laid up in the reserve fleet at California. By 1979, a decision had been taken to preserve the ship and restore her to a fully operational condition. Since the completion of the restoration, Jeremiah O’ Brien has mainly been based at San Francisco to serve as a museum. Of the 2,500 liberty ships that survived the war, only two were saved as memorials, the other being John W Brown, now moored at Baltimore/Maryland. Jeremiah OBrien’s restoration was proved to be a success after she completed the round trip from San Francisco - Normandy in 1994 to take part in the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings. As Liberty ships were driven by the older style reciprocating piston type engines that powered the White Star Lines Titanic of 1912, it is Jeremiah OBrien’s engines that are seen operating in the film Titanic.

Jeremiah O Brien

Jeremiah O Brien at London

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