Baltimore Museum of Industry and Liberty Ship Project team up to share Baltimore shipbuilding history – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Baltimore Museum of Industry will present a free online program in partnership with Project Liberty Ship at 7 p.m. on June 24. The program uses material from BMI’s collections and archives to tell how Baltimore became a shipbuilding power that produced the SS John W Brown, one of Baltimore’s most historically significant artifacts.
This program is part of BMI’s Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project, a multi-year initiative to document and preserve the stories of the local steel giant and the surrounding community. In its heyday, its Sparrows Point plant was the world’s largest steel producer, making steel for bridges, buildings, and railroads. Many locals are unaware that Bethlehem Steel also built ships, museum officials said in a statement.
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A total of 384 Liberty Ships were built at the Baltimore-Fairfield shipyard in Bethlehem during World War II. After the service of the SS John W. Brown during World War II and a long stint as a public school of maritime commerce in New York City, he returned to Baltimore in 1988, where the volunteers of the Liberty Ship project l ‘have restored to working order.
The SS John W. Brown continues to serve the city where she was launched by educating people about how American industry fueled victory in World War II, the merchant seamen and naval personnel who sailed the Liberty ships, and the 35,000 male and female shipbuilders at Bethlehem Steel.
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The one hour program will include:
- Bethlehem Steel Shipyards in Baltimore: BMI Volunteer Ken Jones presents a brief history of Bethlehem Steel Shipyards in Baltimore;
- Blueprints at a Glance: BMI Volunteer Bob Pratt shares highlights from the collection of 35,000 BMI ship plans;
- All Hands on Deck: John W. Brown volunteers share Brown’s service history and give viewers a taste of what they can see this summer when they can tour the WWII ship in person;
- Sneak peek at the next generation of historians: Sophia, one of Harford County’s youngest volunteers, encourages young viewers and students to uncover WWII history through a series of YouTube videos. Sophia’s last name was not provided in a museum statement.
This online program is free. Prior registration is required.
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