Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Brunswick's “Liberty Ships”
Each month, dedicated shipyard workers produced four of these 447-foot, 3500-ton steel vessels. during December, 1944, with the "Battle of the Bulge" raging in Europe, the Navy requested six ships. In response, these determined patriots built an astounding seven "Liberty Ships".
The J.A. Jones Construction Company and the people they employed in Brunswick`s shipyards came to symbolize the patriotic duty and tireless efforts of America`s wartime home front.
Location. 31° 8.923′ N, 81° 29.833′ W. Marker is in Brunswick, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is at the intersection of Bay Street and Gloucester Street, on the left when traveling north on Bay Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brunswick GA 31520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of World War II Memorial (here, next to this marker); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 -1902 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Glynn County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Glynn County War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colored Memorial School and Risley High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sidney Lanier (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mark Carr (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lanier's Oak (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brunswick.
Regarding Brunswick's "Liberty Ships". During the Second World War, The J.A. Jones Construction Company assembled Liberty Ships at the southern tip of the Brunswick peninsula. These Liberty ships transported supplies to soldiers in the European and Pacific theatres. in December 1944, the shipyard employees constructed seven ships in one month, setting an unbroken record. Working on Christmas Day for no pay, this accomplishment was no small feat as the facility only contained berths for six ships undergoing construction. Remains of the berths are visible at low tide from the Sidney Lanier Bridge.
Also see . . .
1. American Merchant Marine at War. Includes a list of those built in Brunswick... About 200 Libertys were lost to torpedoes, mines, explosions, kamikazes, etc. during WWII. Two Liberty ships, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco and the SS John (Submitted on October 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Liberty Ships. Early on, each ship took about 230 days to build (Patrick Henry took 244 days), but the average eventually dropped to 42 days (Submitted on October 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Wikipedia entry for The United States Merchant Marine. refers to the fleet of US civilian-owned merchant ships—operated by either the government or the private sector, that are engaged in commerce or transportation of goods and services in and out of the navigable waters of the United States. (Submitted on October 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Military • Notable Events • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
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