SS John W. Brown

SS John W. Brown is a Liberty ship, one of two still operational and one of three preserved as museum ships.[6] As a Liberty ship, she operated as a merchant ship of the United States Merchant Marine during World War II and later was a vocational high school training ship in New York City for many years. Now preserved, she is a museum ship and cruise ship berthed at Pier 13 in Baltimore Harbor in Maryland.

SS John W. Brown
SS John W. Brown on the Great Lakes in 2000.
United States
NameJohn W. Brown
NamesakeJohn W. Brown
Ordered1 May 1941
BuilderBethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Sparrows Point, Maryland
Laid down28 July 1942
Launched7 September 1942
Sponsored byAnnie Green
Completed19 September 1942
Acquired19 September 1942
In service19 September 1942
Out of service19 November 1946
Honors and
StatusSeagoing museum ship operated by Project Liberty Ship
General characteristics [1]
Class and type
  • 441 feet 6 inches (135 m) oa
  • 416 feet (127 m) pp
  • 427 feet (130 m) lwl
Beam57 feet (17 m)
Draft27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)
Installed power
  • 2 × Oil fired 450 °F (232 °C) boilers, operating at 220 psi (1,500 kPa)
  • 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
Speed11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Range23,000 miles (20,000 nmi; 37,000 km)
Capacity562,608 cubic feet (15,931.3 m3) grain (as cargo ship)
TroopsUp to 450,[2] 550,[3] or 650[4] (sources) as "Limited Capacity Troopship"
NotesAs of September 2007, the bow 3-inch gun and several 20-mm cannon were rigged with compressed gas firing simulators (oxygen and a fuel gas) for historical re-enactments of air defense
SS John W. Brown (Liberty Ship)
LocationCanton Pier 13, 4601 Newgate Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates39°15′35″N 76°33′22″W
ArchitectBethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland
NRHP reference No.97001295[5]
Added to NRHP17 November 1997

John W. Brown was named after the Canadian-born American labor union leader John W. Brown (1867–1941).[7]

The other surviving operational Liberty ship is SS Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco, California, US. A third Liberty ship, SS Hellas Liberty (ex-SS Arthur M. Huddell) is preserved as a static museum ship in Piraeus, Greece.

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