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MARAD’s Last Liberty Ship Reaches Greece

Flying the Greek flag, the Hellas Liberty, formerly known as the Arthur M. Huddell, has safely reached the port of Piraeus in Greece after leaving Norfolk, Virginia, on December 6, 2008. Until July 2008, the World War II-era Huddell was the last Liberty ship in the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet., and was moored in the James River Reserve Fleet site at Fort Eustis. The ship was cleaned at a Norfolk shipyard before being towed to Greece. American shipyards built 2,751 Liberty ships during World War II, in the largest shipbuilding effort in history. Liberty ships crewed by merchant mariners carried troops and military cargo all over the world. The building and sailing of the Liberty ships, and their successors, the Victory ships, were overseen by the U.S.

Central Gulf Lines Seeks Transfer Authorization

Central Gulf Lines, Inc., has requested the necessary permissions to transfer one authorization granted under Section 615 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended, to a wholly owned subsidiary. Central Gulf’s subsidiary intends to acquire a ship construction contract to be entered into between Liberty Shipping Group Limited Partnership and Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., for the construction of one 52,200 DWT multipurpose bulk ship. The subsidiary will construct the vessel at Oshima Shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, pursuant to the Section 615 authorization. Upon issuance of the builder’s certificate by Oshima Shipyard the Central Gulf subsidiary will issue a bill of sale for the vessel to Liberty Shipping.

Ugly Ducklings & Steaming the Way to Victory in WWII

The S.S. Patrick Henry was the first of the Emergency Class Liberty  ships to be built and launched. The  famous quote by its namesake helped to give this class of ships its name. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

The design and construction of WWII Liberty cargo ships revolutionized shipbuilding by overhauling the blueprint process and standardizing on commonality of parts, welding, pre-fabrication and assembly line construction. Give me Liberty, or give me death!” a rallying cry of the Revolutionary War, got a second act in World War II. “Built by the mile and chopped off by the yard,” Roosevelt promised the no-frills Liberties would form a “bridge of ships” across the Atlantic. And they did. An exaggeration perhaps, but in truth, the Liberty wasn’t much to write home about.

WW II Liberty Ship Leak-free after 70 Years

The John W. Brown

To address the sudden need for supplies overseas during World War II, the United States government launched the Emergency Shipbuilding Program in 1941 that resulted in the construction of more than 5,700 cargo ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission. 2,710 of these vessels were of a design that became known as Liberty ships. These vessels were designed as economically and quickly built cargo steamers that formed the backbone of a massive sealift of troops, arms, materiel and ordnance to every theater of the war. Two-thirds of all cargo that left the U.S.

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 2

1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by LT George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation mission to Secretary of the Navy. 1941 - First Naval Armed Guard detachment (7 men under a coxswain) of World War II reports to Liberty ship, SS Dunboyne, 1944 - Two-day destroyer Battle of Ormoc Bay begins. 1965 - USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) become first nuclear-powered task unit used in combat operations with launch of air strikes near Bien Hoa, Vietnam (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – September 27

1922 - Report on observations of experiments with short wave radio at Anacostia, DC, starts Navy development of radar 1941 - Launch of first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, in Baltimore, MD 1942 - Armed Guard on SS Stephen Hopkins engages German auxiliary cruiser Stier and supply ship Tannenfels. Stephen Hopkins and Stier both sink. 1944 - Special Air Task Force (STAG-1) commences operations with drones, controlled by TBM aircraft, against Japanese in Southwestern Pacific 1950 - First Marine Division captures Seoul, South Korea (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 2

1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by LT George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation mission to Secretary of the Navy. 1941 - First Naval Armed Guard detachment (7 men under a coxswain) of World War II reports to Liberty ship, SS Dunboyne, 1944 - Two-day destroyer Battle of Ormoc Bay begins. 1965 - USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) become first nuclear-powered task unit used in combat operations with launch of air strikes near Bien Hoa, Vietnam (Source: Navy News Service)

International Shipholding Corporation to Respond to Offer

International Shipholding Corporation received a letter dated September 2, 2008, in which Projection LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Shipping Group LLC, submitted a proposal to the Board of Director of the company to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company's common stock for $25.75 per share, in cash. The proposal will be reviewed by the Management and Board of Directors of the Company, and they will respond in due course.

WWll Liberty Ship Spills Oil

SS Jeremiah O'Brien: Photo CCL3

The Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel are investigating a fuel spill that occurred near Pier 45 at Fishman’s Wharf in the San Francisco Bay, from the functioning Liberty Ship 'SS Jeremiah O'Brien'. At approximately 10:56 a.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel received a report that an undetermined amount of fuel oil was discharged into the water from the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a fully functional World War II Liberty Ship. Coast…

UK Surveys Sunken Liberty Ship for Danger

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported the result of the latest survey, in September 2003, of the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery, a war-time Liberty Ship which grounded and split in two off Sheerness in 1944. The survey was carried out under Ministry of Defence supervision by Falmouth Divers Ltd. An ultra-sonic hull thickness survey of the bow section of the wreck (which is where the munitions remain) was undertaken. In addition, divers also made a visual examination of the main cracks in the hull and assessed the level of seabed support for the wreck. The results were analysed and assessed in relation to previous hull surveys undertaken in 1981 and 1991.

U.S. Postal Service Salutes Merchant Marine on New Stamps

Image courtesy U.S. Postal Service Headquarter

The Postal Service will salute the U.S. Merchant Marine on four forever stamps July 28 at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend the 11:30 a.m. dedication ceremony that takes place in the Ackerman Auditorium, 300 Steamboat Rd. Since the founding of the republic, the United States has looked to the commercial maritime industry for much of its growth and security. This issuance pays tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine, the modern name for the maritime fleet that has played this vital role.

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - April 18

1820-Landing parties from the cutters Louisiana and Alabama destroyed a pirate base on Breton Island. 1908- Congress authorized the creation of the Office of Captain-Commandant and Engineer in Chief. Additionally, commanding officers of vessels were authorized to administer oaths of allegiance and other oaths for service requirements in Alaska. 1944-The Coast Guard-manned destroyer escort USS Joyce, along with her sister ship USSPeterson and a Navy DE sank the German submarine U-550 off New York after the U-boat torpedoed a tanker that was part of a convoy the warships were escorting to England. 1947-The French-owned Liberty ship Grandcamp exploded while loading ammonium nitrate at Texas City, Texas in one of the worst peace-time accidents ever to occur in a U.S. port.

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 2

1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by LT George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation mission to Secretary of the Navy. 1941 - First Naval Armed Guard detachment (7 men under a coxswain) of World War II reports to Liberty ship, SS Dunboyne. 1944 - Two-day destroyer Battle of Ormoc Bay begins. 1965 - USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) become first nuclear-powered task unit used in combat operations with launch of air strikes near Bien Hoa, Vietnam (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History - Sept. 27

1922 - Report on observations of experiments with short wave radio at Anacostia in the District of Columbia starts Navy development of radar. 1941 - Launch of first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, in Baltimore. 1942 - Armed Guard on SS Stephen Hopkins engages German auxiliary cruiser Stier and supply ship Tannenfels. Stephen Hopkins and Stier both sink. 1944 - Special Air Task Force (STAG-1) commences operations with drones, controlled by TBM Avanger aircraft, against Japanese in Southwestern Pacific. 1950 - First Marine Division captures Seoul, South Korea. [Source: Navy News Service]

Sinking Cargo Ship Abandoned in Sea of Japan

The Japan Coast Guard Ship Hilda (Public domain image)

A 5,000-dwt Cambodian-flagged cargo ship has been abandoned in the Sea of Japan, according to multiple reports. The Tong Yuan Hai, operated by Liberty Shipping of Hong Kong, was transporting coal from the Russian port of Nahodka to Pohang, South Korea, World Maritime News reported. The vessel reported water ingress and a developing list 280KM northwest of Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture. The 14-member crew, which consists of eight Chinese and six Vietnamese nationals, have been safely evacuated by Japan's coast guard, which performed the rescue with patrol boats and a helicopter in heavy seas.

Today in U.S. Naval History: December 2

USS Enterprise (CVN-65). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Rob Gaston

Today in U.S. 1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by Lt. George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation mission to Secretary of the Navy. 1944 - Two-day destroyer Battle of Ormoc Bay begins. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Today in U.S. Naval History: September 27

SS Patrick Henry (credit: Baltimore Sun)

Today in U.S. 1941 - Launch of first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, in Baltimore, Md. 1942 - Armed Guard on SS Stephen Hopkins engages German auxiliary cruiser Stier and supply ship Tannenfels. Stephen Hopkins and Stier both sink. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Nov. 13

1883-At 1 o’clock in the afternoon, the sloop Madge Schults , capsized as she was passing in through Rockaway Inlet, about half a mile distant from the Rockaway Point Station (Third District). The man clung to the bottom of his craft and made signals for help. They were quickly seen by the lookout at the station and the life-saving crew went off in their boat. He was taken from the water and landed on Barren Island. 1944-The Coast Guard-manned frigate USS Rockford, in concert with the Navy minesweeper USS Ardent, attacked and sank the Japanese Navy submarine I-12 mid-way between Hawaii and California. There were no survivors. In sinking I-12, Ardent and Rockford unwittingly avenged the atrocity I-12 had perpetrated on 30 October 1944 when, after sinking the Liberty Ship John A.

Liberty Maritime Changes Union Affiliation

MEBA accuses operator of creating labor dispute and delaying important cargoes. AMO enters into new collective bargaining agreement with Liberty. On Monday, Liberty Maritime Corporation announced that it had entered into a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union under which the AMO will provide U.S. citizen licensed deck officers and engineers to Liberty Maritime for the operation of five U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers effective October 1, 2011. Previously subject to a collective bargaining agreement with Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, District No. 1-PCD (MEBA), that contract expired on September 30, 2011. According to a prepared Liberty statement, MEBA will continue to provide deck officers and engineers on the three U.S.

National Security Cutter Kimball Christened

Ship’s sponsor Kay Webber Cochran smashes a bottle of sparkling wine against the bow of the Ingalls-built National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). Also pictured (left to right) are U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft; Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant; Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.; Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter, Kimball (WMSL 756), on March 4 in front of approximately 1,000 guests. “We wouldn’t be able to bring this ship to life without the great work that we see here at Huntington Ingalls shipyard,” said U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, who was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. “I am moved every time I come onto this facility and I see ‘What you do today matters.’ And the reason why it matters so much is that in the year 2060…

British Naval Vessel Makes First Post-Gaddafi Libya Visit

HMS Echo: Photo credit UK MOD

Survey ship HMS Echo become the first Royal Navy ship to visit Libya since the fall of Colonel Gaddafi. HMS Echo, in the final stages of a 19-month mission to gather ocean data and update nautical charts in waters east of Suez, began her Libya visit with firefighting and damage control demonstrations, tours of the ship, and an extensive look at Echo's impressive hydrographic and oceanographic survey equipment which just a short time before had discovered an underwater 'mountain' the size of Gibraltar in the Red Sea.

N.S. Savannah Celebrates 50th Anniversary

When the first nuclear-powered merchant ship N.S. Savannah was christened and launched on July 21, 1959, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower served as the sponsor. Plans are being made to replicate those events this year on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. The 50th anniversary events will occur at N.S. Savannah's layberth at Canton Marine Terminal Pier 13, Baltimore, Maryland. This will be the first time the 596-ft. ship will be open for general tours since she sailed from Patriots Point, Charleston, SC, in 1994.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Honors U.S. Merchant Marine on National Maritime Day

As part of the celebration of National Maritime Day, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today honored the men and women of the U.S. merchant marine who risk their lives on wartime seas. This year’s ceremony at Navy Memorial Auditorium paid special tribute to the action of mariners during World War II. Following the presentation of the colors and a moment of silence, Secretary Mineta spoke of WWII merchant mariners who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation. "They traveled unarmed, often into dangerous waters, to support our Armed Forces overseas. Merchant mariners crewed the Liberty ships, the Victory ships, and thousands of other ships that carried troops and many tons of materiel for the Allied cause in World War II. Nearly 215,000 people served in the U.S.

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Dec 2017 - The Great Ships of 2017

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