National Liberty Ship Memorial

SS Jeremiah O'Brien

On 17 May 2003 we steamed on San Francisco Bay aboard the SS Jeremiah O'Brien

Photos by Neil Mishalov

The keel of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien was laid on 6 May 1943, and she was launched on Saturday, 19 June 1943. No person in the launching party ever dreamed that the ship would still be steaming sixty years later. They didn't know that this ship would become known as the 'Lucky O'Brien'. Built in the State of Maine; named for America's first sea hero, Captain Jeremiah O'Brien, who captured a British schooner in 1775, she sailed through World War II with no casualties. After the war she was put in the "mothball fleet" in Suisun Bay, California for 33 years; she was saved fron the scrap yard by a crew of World War II Merchant Marine Veterans and in 1994 she steamed from San Francisco to Omaha Beach in Normany, France, the only ship to return to the D-Day invasion site to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Nazi held Europe.

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This is a picture of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien taken on 7 October 2006 during SAN FRANCISCO'S FLEET WEEK. It was taken with a Canon 20D camera and a Canon 70-300mm lens. The picture was taken at 300mm and is a combination of 3 separate images.

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The SS Jeremiah O'Brien docked at pier 96, San Francisco, California Steaming past San Francisco The western part of the Bay Bridge
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The eastern part of the Bay Bridge The western part of the Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island Steaming under the Bay Bridge
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The San Francisco Ferry Building. Built in 1898 it is a National Landmark Building Telegraph Hill, San Francisco. Coit Tower stands at the top Angel Island. An Army base dating back to the Civil War, and also housing an immigration center, it is now a California State Park
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Alcatraz Island was at first a US Army prison, then it was converted to a Federal prison. It is now a National Historic Site Fisherman's Wharf and Divisadero Street Aquatic Park, San Francisco
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A Sea Gull and the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge Sea Gull with Fort Mason on the shore Yet another Sea Gull with Fort Mason in the back ground
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Golden Gate Bridge Southen terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge with Fort Point National Historic site (1861) tucked under the bridge Northern terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge
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Steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge Steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge Steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge
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Steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge Steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge Steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge
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Steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge Lands End and China Beach, San Francisco The Marin Headlands
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SS Jeremiah O'Brien Outside the Golden Gate The little tug that could! This tug boat followed us on the entire cruise. If the SS Jeremiah O'Brien became disabled, the tug boat would, hopefully, tow us to a safe harbor
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The rudder room The engine room Bunker C ("black-oil") fueled boilers
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Bunker C ("black-oil") fueled boilers Engine room controls Some beautiful moving engine machinery
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Some beautiful moving engine machinery Some beautiful moving engine machinery Some beautiful moving engine machinery
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Engine room control Engine room tools Engine room
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Engine room Boilers Steam pipes
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Steam pipes At rest in Bonita Cove The Bridge of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien
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Rear Admiral Thomas Patterson (Ret), addressing the guests at a Memorial Service The Honor Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Patterson tossing a wreath overboard
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Rear Admiral Thomas Patterson (ret) United Sates Merchant Marines The ships whistle (is loud!) Picking up steam and heading back into San Francisco Bay
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Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate Bridge
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Fort Baker an old US Army base is now part of the Golden gate National Recreation Area, Marin County Alcatraz Island Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Island Angel Island State Park. The peak is Mount Caroline Livermore Angel Island. Site of Fort McDowell. The 1000 man barricks, the hospital and the Officers Quarters are plainly visible
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Steaming north The Bay Bridge is in the back ground The Bridge of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien
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The steering station Captain Patrick Moloney, Captain of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien A pleasant cruise
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Berkeley, California, my home port! The Richmond San Rafael Bridge The Richmond San Rafael Bridge. Earthquake retrofit work is taking place
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The Richmond San Rafael Bridge. Earthquake retrofit work is taking place Our own cute little tug boat! It is pulling along side the SS Jeremiah O'Brien to receive some freshly made barbequed chicken for lunch Lunch time
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Mount Tamalpais and the Richmond San Rafael Bridge A Marco Shipyard Tractor Tug, the Millenium Falcon, powered by two diesel engines with a combined horsepower of 4,400 BHP, does some tricks for us Turning on a dime
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Moving backwards A very powerful and unique tug boat Brothers Light House
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Brothers Light House is now a Bed and Breakfast Winehaven Winery, Richmond, California. A winery built in 1902 and closed in 1919 due to Prohibition. The conclusion of a glorious day steaming on San Francisco Bay. We started the cruise at 9 a.m. and docked at 3:45 p.m.
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"Secure the lines"



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Updated on 8 October 2006