The John W. Brown Visits the Great Lakes
In a ceremony at Toledo Ship Repair July 13, the last ceremonial "Golden Rivet" was driven in to the hull of the World War II Liberty Ship John W. Brown. The Brown arrived on May 27 and had about 14,000 rivets replaced by the skilled crews at the ship yard.
The Brown made the journey to under go rivet replacement at the only yard capable of this type of work, experienced riveting crews are not easily found on salt water. This is not the case on the Great Lakes where many riveted hulls are still in existence.
In addition to the rivets, the vessels propeller, bearings, and through-hull fittings were inspected.; workers replaced zinc anodes on the hull that stem corrosion, replaced some of the ship's steel plates, sandblast and repaint the hull, and built life raft storage racks. The price tag for the work was just under $1,000,000.
The Liberty ships were built as part of an emergency shipbuilding program during World War II to carrying equipment and supplies. Today only two operating Liberty ships exist from a fleet that numbered 2,710.
The vessel will tour lower lakes ports and be open for tours.
In three ports the Brown will offer locals one of the vessel's famous "Living History
Day Cruises." All cruises are sold out except for the cruise departing from Toronto.
Onboard a "Living History Cruise" July 22
Tug Shannon is the former U.S. Navy tug Connawango, YTB 388 built in 1943 for service in the Pacific.
A flotilla of local boats followed the Brown
Away from the dock the cruise begins
The Brown is an operating museum, visitors have access to most of the ship and its many displays.
Friendly aircraft flying over the Brown included Great Lakes Aerial Photos. Below are aerial views taken by Don Coles.
Aerial views are available by e-mailing LoftyPics@aol.com
Arriving in Windsor July 20 by William Hoey
In Toledo by Jim Hoffman
Dry Dock Work
Arriving in Toledo
In the Welland Canal
Passing Brockville photos by Peter Carter.
Passing through the Iroquois Lock photos by Peter Carter.
More Seaway views photos by Capt. Brian Hope (Chairman, Project Liberty Ship)
In the Seaway by Bruno Boissonneault
Passing through the Cap Cod Canal, Massachusetts photos by Richard Jenkins
Ready to depart Photos by Dave Aldworth and Brian Hope
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