WWII Liberty Built USA and 1 of 2,710 built between 1941 and 1944 as a slow 10 kt. vessels of 5 yr anticipated useful life... while many of those that survived the War were laid up, others went on to long serving commercial
lives under many flags, even into 1970s. Two original Liberty ships are still
operating as floating museums offering limmited trips in the Summer... on the West Coast is the "Jeremiah O'brien" out of San Francisco, and on the East Coast out of Baltimore is the "John W. Brown". Both open to the public
on a daily basis.Snowy
At first glance this looks to be a bog-standard Liberty but she has some subtle variations which may help pick her out of the 2,710 crowd. She has lost one lifeboat and retained the for'ad one where most that were reduced seem to have kept the after one, she has lost her funnel cowl, the funnel has been extended and she has a distinctive uptake protruding - perhaps a conversion to a motorship? - and has the uppermost accommodation deck extended to make it the same length as that on the boat deck, which was not common to all. The two (engineroom ?) ventilators are also much taller than usual. She has no heavy derricks and has not had additional derricks fitted, nor has she been lengthened. Given the way Libertys were modified over the years by 1966 she must have been virtually one of a kind, but which one I have no idea.