Built by New England Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, Maine. Laid down May 6, 1943. Launched on June 19, 1943. Placed into service on July 3, 1943. Prior to her maiden voyage, two pinup girls were painted above her bow, including an bare breasted Polynesian girl with a palm tree in the background.
This Liberty Ship made four Atlantic Ocean crossings and participated in D-Day. Afterwards, served in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean visiting Chile, Peru, New Guinea, the Philippines, India, China, and Australia.
Jeremiah O'Brien was mothballed and remained in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay, CA where she remained for 33 years. In the 1970s, however, the idea of preserving an unaltered Liberty Ship began to be developed and, under the sponsorship of Rear Admiral Thomas J. Patterson, USMS. The ship was put aside for preservation instead of being scrapped.
During 1979, the National Liberty Ship Memorial (NLSM), acquired Jeremiah O'Brien for restoration. The ship departed Suisun Bay under her own power on May 21, 1980 and arrived at Fort Mason, San Francisco Bay to the west of Fisherman's wharf as a museum of the United States Merchant Marine in World War II. Today, docked at Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
SS Jeremiah O'Brien - The National Liberty Ship Memorial, Inc.
Designated a National Historic Landmark, 78003405
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August 4, 2020