View Full Version : "a dreadful looking object" - a thread for Ian

Paul Pless
04-10-2010, 07:53 PM
3 per day Ian, in 1943.

More than 1100 Liberty Ships were launched from U.S. Shipyards in 1943 alone.

Then they were filled with fuel, or munitions, or other supplies produced in the U.S. and sent across the Atlantic.

Discuss if you like. . .

the thread title come from Roosevelt's initial assessment of the design.:D

Bob Adams
04-10-2010, 08:16 PM
If you get to Baltimore, have a cruise on the Brown!

On the left coast, there is the Jerimiah O'Brian. They couldn't sink 'em as fast as we could build 'em! Something the U.S could not do today, even with a Henry Kaiser working his magic.

04-10-2010, 08:26 PM
I spent some time on one, the "American Mariner". When I was on board (1961) she was a data ship, and some of the instrumentation was mine. We were working on "Star Wars" before the name was thought of and Ronnie Reagan was co staring with a chimpanzee.

Now she is a target in the lower Chesapeake Bay.

04-10-2010, 08:31 PM
Discuss if you like. . .

Let me guess......somebody saved somebody's ass in WW2? No they didn't!....and on and on?

Do I get a prize for the first wikilink (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Atlantic_(1939%E2%80%931945)) ?

Paul Pless
04-10-2010, 08:32 PM
damn you're good... :rolleyes:wait that used to be line

Bob Adams
04-10-2010, 08:39 PM
Well someone's sure to mention they were based on a BRITISH tramp steamer design.

AHP, that's your old ship down near the Kedges Straights? I've fished around her a few times, last I saw her, there wasn't much left.

04-10-2010, 11:26 PM
They may be ugly but they leave modern container ships a LONG way behind in the aesthetics stakes .

04-11-2010, 01:16 AM
Built quickly, built cheaply...and not meant to last. So it's good to see one in excellent condition.

04-11-2010, 01:51 AM
Some of the sorry A$$ed POSs were built or turned into sub and destroyer tenders. Bad excuse for a ship.

04-11-2010, 02:34 AM
I worked on a US built WW2 tug on the Brisbane River when I was young ,she was supposed to last 5 years but was 35 and doing well .Those things were WELL built !

The Bigfella
04-11-2010, 03:22 AM
Did someone call?

Were these things built to give Halliburton its start?

(sorry guys.... someone's gotta take over from T'urden occasionally)

Yes Paulie... they were very much appreciated by all who received the nylons they carried.