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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    Ahoy All, Here is a great day cruise aboard the Pacific Merchant Marine Council s adopted SS JEREMIAH O BRIEN. Please join us, and encourage others, for a trip
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 11, 2011
      Ahoy All,
      Here is a great day cruise aboard the Pacific Merchant Marine Council's adopted SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN. Please join us, and encourage others, for a trip back in time the 24th.
      August 27 is a special San Francisco Bay Cruise with an up-close look at the construction on the Bay Bridge. Then October 8th and 9th are the extremely popular San Francisco Fleet Week Cruises. Saturday's features participation in the Parade of Ships and both cruises offer the best platform to witness the Blue Angels and others perform over the Bay.
      I encourage you to read the referenced article about the Reserve Fleet. Of note is the piece on the USS HASSAYAMPA (AO-145) / USNS HASSAYAMPA (T-AO 145) the most decorated fleet oiler in U.S. history. Possibly you or someone you know served aboard her. She is nested in Row G along with the USS IOWA (BB-61), http://wikimapia.org/8003977/Ex-USNS-Hassayampa-T-AO-145.  
      Heave Ho,
      Phelps Hobart, President
      Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
      PS Thank you Navy Leaguers and friends who came aboard the O'BRIEN the evening of July 4th for the party and fireworks display over the Bay. Special thanks to the Arkansas Division Sea Cadets who assisted in various capacities aboard that evening.

      The SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during WWII. The O'BRIEN has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction.

      A living museum on the
      National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark, the O'BRIEN transports you back almost seven decades to when sailors braved the harshest of high seas and threat of enemy attack. Suisun Bay's Ghost Fleet -- A collection of US Navy and merchant reserve ships, created following World War II. In 2010, plans were announced to completely remove the Ghost Fleet in stages. The O'Brien was once part of this reserve fleet, but was salvaged and restored as a museum ship. This sailing to Suisun Bay is to review the remaining ships and to say farewell to the few that will be taken out later in 2011 to be scrapped.
      "Only 52 ships remain of a fleet that once was as big as a good-size Navy"
      Tickets include:
      • Continental breakfast
      • Delicious lunch served on the main deck at noon
      • Live music by the Big Band of Rossmoor
      • Beverages
      • Tour of the engine room, as seen in the blockbuster hit "Titanic"
      Tickets are $95 Adults, $50 Children, $250 Family (2 Adults and 2 Children)
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      Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 1:16 PM
      Subject: Suisun Bay and the National Defense Reserve Fleet

      The National Liberty Ship Memorial
      Suisun Bay and the National Defense Reserve Fleet

      AliveEastBay.com has posted a feature article about the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay. It's an interesting history lesson for anyone planning to sail with us on the July 24th Ghost Fleet Cruise.

      Read the full article at:  http://aliveeastbay.com/feature/overview-of-the-suisun-bay-%E2%80%9Cmothball%E2%80%9D-fleet/.

      Haven't yet purchased tickets for the cruise? They're still available online or over the phone.  Visit us at www.ssjeremiahobrien.org or call 415-544-0100 for more information or to make reservations.

      This email was sent by The National Liberty Ship Memorial, 1275 Columbus Avenue, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94133.


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