National Liberty Ship Memorial & SS Jeremiah O'Brien

Liberty ships were built to be the workhorses of WWII. They carried cargoes of mail, grain, ammunition, troops and more.

Today, only two of the 2,710 Liberty ships built during the war survive. The S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien is one of them. Built in South Portland Maine in 1943, and named after a Maine native who led the first Naval battle of the American Revolution, it is the only ship that participated in the Normandy invasion and that returned 50 years later to take part in the 50th anniversary of D-day. Virtually the entire ship from engine room to flying bridge can be seen by visitors. Boilers are “lit off,” and the 2500-horsepower, triple-expansion reciprocating steam main engine is operated on “Steaming Weekends” (normally the third Saturday and Sunday of each month) so visitors can see the engine plant in action.

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  • National Liberty Ship Memorial & SS Jeremiah O'Brien
  • Pier 45, Fisherman?s Wharf
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 415-544-0100
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