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The Liberty Ship Jeremiah O'Brien berthed at pier 39 in Fishermans Wharf, San Fransisco.

In WW2 the American ship yards built 2700 of these boats in less than two weeks per ship to replace the vessels being destroyed by German U-boats in the North Atlantic. Almost all of the Liberty Ships were crewed by merchant seaman, who sailed the North Atlantic to bring supply's, troups etc. to the allied war effort and contributed so much, with huge sacrifice's to ensure that Europe would be free.

This ship in San Fransisco is now the only fully ocean ready Liberty Ship left today.When I was a young boy of 10, our next door neighbour, Mr. Spencer was a retired seaman who sailed on Liberty Ships. He was torpedoed 3 times, lost many comrades, but never hestitated to go back to sea and continue to work and contribute to the the allied success that allowed us to be free to-day. I used to love to listen to his story's, but it is only now, after having lived 56 years that I can appreciate so much what he, and countless thousands of other's sacrificed for us.
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Jan 10 2013 04:45 GMT hans55 PRO
great story Peter ... famous ships !! and the man and woman that build them ...the first ship that where welded instead of using rivits !
i wanna see this ship too ..maybe next oktober !!
Jan 10 2013 05:59 GMT Annamaria
Great shot!!
Jan 10 2013 08:07 GMT 25barb
Greart notes.. it was history coming alive again for you.
Well captured and presented - I like the strait on composition..
A beautiful day - wonderful colors..
Glad you are enjoying what America has to offer....keep clicking!!!
Jan 10 2013 14:39 GMT elsje323
great shot and info
Jan 10 2013 20:17 GMT wijnie58
Wonderful...:-))
May 21 2013 03:55 GMT Wildspirit PRO
We have been there and seen it too. Great shot!

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