The Liberty Ship S.S. JOHN W BROWN will be open for tours in Baltimore’s inner harbor August 13 – 16.


She is one of only two remaining WWII Liberty Ships, the other one being the SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN which is based in San Francisco. (There is the HELLAS LIBERTY that was just towed to Greece. I am unsure of the current condition of that vessel.)

If you have never been onboard a Liberty ship and you are in the area, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

Here are the details:

Project Liberty Ship, Baltimore, Maryland, announces that the S.S. JOHN W. BROWN, America’s oldest surviving Liberty ship, will visit Baltimore’s Inner Harbor August 13-16, 2009. The BROWN will dock at the Inner Harbor’s West Wall Thusday morning, August 13, and will remain there until the evening of Sunday, August 16. The ship will be open for public tours.

The public is cordially invited to tour the BROWN each day according to the schedule below. We ask a donation of $5 for visitors age 12 and older. Children younger than 12 may tour the ship without charge but must be accompanied by an adult.

Most of the ship will be open to visitors. The BROWN is a fully operational and seaworthy World War II-era cargo ship. You may tour museum spaces, crew quarters, bridge, radio room, chart room, messrooms, troop berthing areas, stern gun deck, engine room, etc. Please note that for reasons of safety, children under age 12 are not permitted to visit the engine room. A few additional areas of the ship are off-limits to all visitors, either for safety considerations or for the privacy of our crew.

The Ship’s Store will be open each day where you can purchase souvenirs of your visit.

For further information call the ship’s office at 410-558-0646 or e-mail – Project Liberty Ship


You can read more on Liberty Ships and their contribution to World War II at Wikipedia here and more at fellow USNI Guest Blogger EagleSpeak here.


Posted by FFry in History, Merchant Marine

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  • Mary Triplett

    My SeaScout ship (part of the Boy Scouts Venturing series) is potentially planning a trip to Baltimore in July. We’re interested in seeing the John W Brown. But I need to know the admission price. Scouts are 13 to 21 in age, adult leaders are 40 and older. Would you please email me with the prices? This will definitely be interesting as we will be able to instruct our scouts more in Naval history.
    Thank you in advance.

  • Charles G. Greenhalgh

    I have made a number of inquires but have not yet received a definitive answer. How are the cylinders of the engine lubricated? If carbon rings are used without lubrication I would expect to see tail rods on the engine. But there are none. If pressure oilers are used then how is the exhaust handled? Water with oil in it couldn’t be fed to the boilers. I am still wondering about this.
    Charles Greenhalgh

  • @Charles Greenhalgh, might want to contact the SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN
    She still gets underway on her own power.