World War II (1939-1945)

Historic John W. Brown, Baltimore's WWII-era Liberty ship, could be homeless come September

Historic John W. Brown, Baltimore's WWII-era Liberty ship, could be homeless come September

Joe Colgan never considered Liberty ships, those workhorses of the American war effort during World War II, as his friends. Until he met the SS John W. Brown.

“The last Liberty ship I got off, I swore to God I would never get on another one,” the 93-year-old Navy Armed Guard veteran said from his home in Bel Air, recalling the day a friend suggested he visit the ship, at the time a new arrival in Baltimore.

Volunteers were working to make it seaworthy once again, with an eye toward creating a combination floating museum, classroom and training vessel. Half a century...

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