In a ceremony at Toledo Ship Repair Thursday, 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 has had about 14,000 rivets replaced by the skilled crews at the ship yard. 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 expected to be just under $1,000,000.
The John W. Brown will be open for tours in Toledo on July 18 and 19 from 10-5 pm. The ship will be docked by the Port Authority offices in downtown Toledo. The address is One Maritime Plaza (behind Channel 11-WTOL news on the corner of Summit and Cherry Streets.)
A $5 donation is requested and parking should be available at the Toledo Sports Arena across the river with a Trolley taking you to the docks and back.
Follow I-75 to the Downtown Toledo exit. You will be on Erie Street, take Eire Street to Cherry. Turn right on Cherry and at the next big intersection you will see WTOL-11
on your left.
Brown on the dry dock on in June. Picture by Bill Hoey.
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.
On Sunday, 6 August, the John W. Brown will conduct one of the famous cruises from the port of Toronto. This will be a six hour trip, featuring continental breakfast, full buffet luncheon, afternoon snacks and sodas. This trip will recreate the atmosphere of WW II with a big band, reenactors, an air show featuring an attack by Japanese warplanes. The ship is fully open for inspection, including the engine room, with its great 140 ton triple expansion steam engine.
The Brown's schedule is below, the ship is open to tour each day from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.:
18 & 19 July - at Toledo public berth
22 July - Detroit cruise
25 July - arrive Erie
29 July - Cleveland cruise
1 Aug - arrive Buffalo
6 Aug - Toronto cruise
10 Aug - arrive Montreal
18 Aug - arrive Halifax
25 Aug - arrive Baltimore
For additional details, call 410 558-0164, fax 410 558-1737 Visa/MC accepted. Visit the Brown's web site at www.liberty-ship.com
For those of you who could not get tickets for the July 22 Detroit cruise, Diamond Jack's River Tours will offer a two hour cruise on one of their ships that follows the Brown. The cruise is filling up fast, call 313-843-9376 or e-mail for details.
Reported by: Project Liberty Ship