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SS Jeremiah O'Brien, San Francisco

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Historic Site Ship
Learn a bit of military history by exploring SS Jeremiah O'Brien, one of nearly 7,000 ships that stormed Normandy on D-Day. Located on San Francisco's popular waterfront, this historic ship is one of the city's premiere attractions. Though 2,710 Liberty vessels were built during the war, this is one of only two fully functional ships still in existence. Hop aboard this living museum for a glimpse into the life of a wartime sailor. Explore the space and learn about the war through informative displays at this National Historic Landmark. Plan to visit SS Jeremiah O'Brien and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Francisco attractions using our San Francisco trip itinerary maker.
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  • Self-guided tour of the ONLY Liberty cargo ship that returned from Normandy during WWII. There are recorded messages that provide information in several areas of the ship with the push of a button. I ...  more »
  • All-welded vessel built hurriedly (about 2000 vessels) in large quantities during World War II, known as the liberty ship. Is currently in the United States is left only two ships, what this ship now engine is moving, and also sail from time to time in the event it seems. It is the mechanical engineering heritage became a chance to prevent corruption because this ship during the war often brittle fracture of steel structure of fracture mechanics to develop in the United States. It is what you can see the engine room, cabin, such as driver's room, radio room, shower room, dining room or deck you can watch at any time. And the engine room is taller than shouted will spontaneously Wow with excitement and rotate the larger crank and crank shaft, engineers without. It is in the $ 10 you can see if this is what senior age. Of the Board once aboard this ship who was kind enough to explain, and is shipping some old man who. I tell jokes or something, but if English is even more interesting to learn.
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  • Worth a visit: we feel the atmosphere of the landing on this boat. Very interesting free tour (cabins, engine room, guns etc...)
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  • We accidentally ended up at the Jeremiah O'Brien and all 4 of my kids (ages 10, 8, 4, and 2) loved exploring the ship. It was not crowded and the views of the bay and Alcatraz from the ship are the best views around. This was one of the highlights of our San Francisco trip. Highly recommended.
  • A treasure for all ages! A piece of living history restored and maintained by a dedicated crew and volunteers. Come on board to see what it must have been like to set sail for Normandy during WW2, The JOB crew took the ship back to Normandy in 1994 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of D-Day. While the Coast Guard had concerns the crew was too old and didn't think they could withstand the trip, they were proved wrong! The crew did indeed arrive safely in Normandy in time to celebrate D-Day where many brave soldiers fought for our freedoms! Where there's a will, there's a way! The Jeremiah is docked at Pier 45 in beautiful San Francisco, CA. Come spend a day in the City by the Bay and tour the Jeremiah O'Brien and experience history
  • Great piece of history. Interesting to see the role she played in WWII. Helpful and fun volunteer staff. Sadly, gift shop was closed as there weren't enough volunteers to run it. However, fully enjoyed the rest of the ship. If you enjoy reading exhibit signs , give yourself 1.5-2.0 hours here. There's also a movie to watch.
  • Great place to visit if you want to learn more about the O'Briens role in the second world war. The volunteers are very helpful in answering questions. The three story high steam engine is an impressive sight to see
  • Much more interesting than the submarine. You don't get to see or even be on a working ship from WWII! This is a must visit for military fans. There are lots of see on this ship.

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