Photo By Peter Watts
SS Jeremiah O'Brien Stern

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This panorama was taken from the stern of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, next to the rear gun. The skyline of San Francisco is visible through the ship's masts and rigging. Off from the stern is a great panoramic view of San Francisco harbour. Alcatraz Island lies almost due north of here.


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Heavy anti-aircraft artillery fortified the stern of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien as she conveyed troops and supplies across the English Channel during Operation Overload, the D-Day invasion landing on the beaches of Normandy in France. Built in just 57 days and launched in June 1943 in Maine, these Liberty Ships were the response to the government's call for a miracle to assuage crisis from the devastating loss of shipping to German U-boat attacks on merchant and military shipping convoys. Liberty Ships were launched as multi-purpose heavy vessels which could transport cargo and crew on long voyages. SS Jeremiah O'Brien, herself named for a daring hero of the American War of Independence, completed eleven cross-Channel crossings and seven long distance voyages to countries including Ireland, India, Australia, the Philippines, New Guinea and the South American countries of Peru and Chile.

Now a fully restored living museum, she is open to the general public most days and still undertakes cruises around San Francisco bay during the months of May and October, as well as longer-distance trips by arrangement or special occasion. In 1994 she was the only surviving large ship to rejoin her flotilla of former comrades to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day landings by re-enacting the crossing from England to Normandy. A fine achievement for a historic ship with an illustrious career.


The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is docked at Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California.

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