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A historic WWII ship was spared in a big fire on the adjacent pier.  As soon as I heard the fire was a Pier 45 I was worried about the ship.  The NRG toured the ship during the SF Conference. NRG member Edward Von der Porten lead the tours - Ed had a big part in getting the ship to SF and served on her crew that sailed her to SF (Ed passed in 2018).




Dear Friends,

At 4:15 am, a four-alarm fire broke out at Pier 45, next to the SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

Damage to the sheds was extensive, but thanks to the quick response of the San Francisco Fire Department the ship and her personnel are safe and secure.

We thank the SFFD and their fireboats for their incredible efforts in saving the ship. Without them, the ship likely would not have survived.

Please do not come to the ship. We are still assessing the situation and are working with our regulatory, municipal and community partners to gather more information as it becomes available.

We will continue to update everyone on the situation as it progresses.

Thank You,
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
National Liberty Ship Memorial

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I am most certainly not making light of the situation at all, but I find that for anyone who has read "The Cruel Sea", the silhouette of a Liberty Ship with a conflagration behind it gives me goosebumps.


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San Francisco is my favorite cities in the world. My son works there and my wife and I love going to the city. I've never toured the O'Brien but I know the area well and am grateful that the damage was not even more extensive. Yet another example of our first responder heroes doing jobs so well...right up there with our health care workers...

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    It would be a sad thing, on this Memorial Day weekend, to lose that WW2 veteran.


   The Liberty ships and Victory ships were not combat ships,but they played just as important part in winning the war.

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