Abandoned Liberty Ships Explained (The Rise and Fall of the Liberty Ship)

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In this video, I’ll go through the history of the Liberty Ship. You’ll learn about how the United States government commissioned shipbuilders to construct a mass-produced cargo ship in 1941 that would help with shipping and logistics during WWII. You’ll also learn about some of the major events in Liberty Ship history, what other types of ships were developed alongside it, and how it eventually played an important role.

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31 thoughts on “Abandoned Liberty Ships Explained (The Rise and Fall of the Liberty Ship)”

  1. I was in the US navy in the 80’s and my ship was repaired at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. While being repaired a lot of our crew was relocated to a the WW2 liberty ship.

    I’ve tried to find it online. I don’t know which liberty ship it was but is cargo holds had been turned into barracks.

  2. Looking through google earth historical imagery, looks like the old ship yard was industrial use until sometime in 2007 to 2008 where it was redeveloped for a subdivision. Doesn't look like anything was really built other than the land development infrastructure. Guess the development took a hit with the great recession.

  3. i knew a guy who was a fertilizer broker. He sold world wide . In the 70s he would buy a liberty ship from the navy , get it ready for use , fill it and have it sailed to Asia, then the product was unloaded and the ship sold … and do it again .

  4. I am surprised you did not mention the fact that one Liberty ship (built in my home state of Maine and kept as a Museum in San Francisco) made the voyage to Europe for the celebration of the 70th year of the Allied invasion/landing. There is a second ship preserved on the East Coast. I talked to one of the engineers of the San Francisco ship who operated the engine during the crossing. He said it got up to 110 degrees in the engine room but they made 10 knots and made it over and back with no issues. There is a nice monument in South Portland where many Liberty ships were built.

  5. The load capacities of a Liberty Ship given are a theoretical figure for a homogeneous load. Liberty always sailed with a mixed load for operational and stability reasons. A typical trans Atlantic load for EC2-S1 "Liberty Ship".
    200 boxed Jeeps, 100 packed 2½t trucks, 60 ¾t Ambulances, 12- 14 Medium Tanks (No. 2 hold) 8 bridge pontoons (deck), 500cases tobacco, 3000 cases C ration, 1000cases D Ration, 5000cases tomatoes, 6000boxes .3" ammunition, 2500 boxes .5" ammunition, 200 boxes 75mm shells, 500 boxes 105mm shells, 300 toolsets, 600 boxes canteens etc…

  6. I made several trips to SS Lane Victory in San Pedro, California during its restoration. All volunteer and contributions. Got to see most all of the nooks and crannies. She is in several movies as a filming site. Now fully functional and a floating museum.

  7. one of my ancestors worked on ships from the 1910s till 1944. he worked though ww1 on the South American run. in ww2 he worked on the Canada Liverpool run. he did all this without problems. then he was forced, in 1944, to transfer to a liberty ship. it snapped in two on his first trip in her. all the men drowned.

    the liberty ship was a crap design and badly made. if they had set out to make a death trap they could not have done a better job.

  8. My father in law built Liberty ships here in southeastern North Carolina during the war. A small frame man and a welder, he would be sent INTO the boilers to work the tubes.
    The ships were bult up the Cape Fear river near Wilmington. Protected by that length of water , it proved to a wise move as Nazi subs were roaming the local coastline looking for such targets. Even several cannons made shots up river from the inlets by the German crews hoping to hit. They hit nothing.
    After the war many of these ships were laid up and down the sounds and inland waterways here in southeastern North Carolina. And here they sat until they rusted and slipped under the water's surface. Now there only is small amounts of their structures that can be seen at low tide. I don't know the total number that sank around here, but there were many. Some hulls that sank at the banks, are fishing points today. Salute to the men and women who built and ran these war winners!

  9. As usual great britian starts a war and the united states had to come save them just like they did during ww1. It's always the same clowns. Germany , Poland, France,and Russia. They start a war and the u.s. has to fund and supply them.

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