13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Liberty Ship Departing Port

The Liberty Ship John W. Brown, an approximately 72 year old WWII troop and cargo steam ship, leaves the Baltimore Cruise Terminal. Ship requires tug boats when docking and undocking. Steam engine is running turning the single screw for power as it is assisted in power and directional control by the tug boat. Communication between ship and tug utilizes ships steam whistle and tugs whistle (modern devices are also used). Liberty Ships were critical in winning WWII and were built fast and cheaply in order to compensate for the massive ship losses to German U-boats.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2013
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Camera: Canon PowerShot D10
Copyright: © Ronald Robinson