The S.S. John W. Brown, one of only two remaining and operational World War II liberty ships, will dock at the port of Cambridge near Governor’s Hall from August 4-12. The ship will arrive with a few hundred visitors from its day cruise, originating in Baltimore, and will remain open to the public the rest of the week from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
During the evening, the Calhoon Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) Training School, will host re-certification classes for marine engineers from across the East Coast. Its visit will coincide with the 39th Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val, which will be held at Governor’s Hall on August 11 from 1-6 p.m.
“This is such an exciting opportunity to host a piece of living history here in Cambridge, work with one of the city’s showcase events to create a significant attraction for visitors, and to play a role in the continued development of marine engineers from around the country,” said Brandon Hesson, the Associate Director of Economic Development for the City of Cambridge.
The S.S. John W. Brown is maintained and operated in Baltimore by a corps of volunteers through Project Liberty Ship, which preserves the ship as an educational asset. The ship was originally one of 2,700 liberty ships manufactured as part of an emergency WWII shipbuilding program. After its tenure as an active cargo ship, the S.S. John W. Brown served as a maritime high school from 1946-1983. Now, it also acts as a venue for special events and weddings when it isn’t providing a regular slate of educational day cruises and docent-led tours.
For more information about the S.S. John W. Brown or its day cruises, visit www.ssjohnwbrown.org.