The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien Highlights

The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is a fully functional Liberty ship, originally launched during World War II. The O'Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction. A "must-see for history buffs and gear-heads", the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is described as a fascinating piece of living history. While aboard this living museum, you'll hear facts and stories about the ship's adventures and restoration, particularly the journey it took from the Golden Gate back to Normandy for the 50th anniversary of WWII's Operation Overlord.

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Fully Functioning

Virtually the entire ship, from engine room to flying bridge, can be seen by visitors. Boilers are "lit off," and the 2500-horsepower, triple-expansion reciprocating steam main engine is operated on 'Steaming Weekends' (normally the third Saturday and Sunday of each month) so visitors can see the engine plant in action.

The Last Liberty Ship

The Liberty ship was a type of cargo ship built in the United States during World War II for its simple, low-cost construction. Mass-produced on an unprecedented scale, the Liberty ship came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Jeremiah O'Brien is one of three remaining operational Liberty ships of the 2,710 built, and she is a rare survivor of the 6,939-ship armada that stormed Normandy on D-Day, 1944.