The SS Jeremiah O’Brien Voices of Veterans Series benefits the SS Jeremiah O’Brien Dry Dock Fund. Every five years, the 7,176-gross ton ship sails into the dry dock slip at San Francisco’s Pier 70. Dry dock workers pump the water out of the slip while the ship comes to rest on blocks already in place. Maritime workers inspect, repair and perform maintenance work on the plating, thru-hull fittings, rudder and propeller, all the parts that live below the water line.
Costs for dry docking the SS Jeremiah O’Brien run high…about $2 million. This process would require even more money if not for the 100-plus Liberty Ship volunteers who donate their labor. Dry docking ensures that the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, one of two surviving World War II Liberty Ships, remains seaworthy as certified by the United States Coast Guard and in class by the American Bureau of Shipping.
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Launched on June 19, 1943, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien is distinguished as being America's last unaltered Liberty Ship. A 441-foot veteran of the Normandy invasion, fully restored and maintained in her original condition, she is as functional today as when she served as a key component of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Bridge of Ships" in WWII. The ship is a National Historic Landmark. She and her triple expansion reciprocating steam engine are a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.
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