Launched in 1943, the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is one of only two fully functional Liberty Ships still remaining out of the 2,710 such vessels built to serve during World War II. It is unaltered, historically accurate, and seaworthy, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark.
The mighty ship was named after the first American to capture a British naval vessel during the Revolutionary War. While it was under wartime commission, the O'Brien made seven military voyages, including trips to England, Northern Ireland, South America, India, and Australia, as well as eleven English Channel crossings. On one mission, personnel and supplies were carried to Normandy in support of the invasion on D-Day.
Today, the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is living museum. It is moored at Fisherman's Wharf Pier 45 and open to the public from 9am to 4pm. Visitors have free access to the entire ship, including the engine room, the flying bridge, and crew quarters. On the third Saturday and Sunday of each month, the boilers are lit off and the ship's 2500-horsepower steam engine can be seen in action.
The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is also available for cruises around the Bay and group rentals. The address is 45 Pier, San Francisco, California 94133. General admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. An overnight program has recently been initiated to allow visitors to spend the night aboard the ship. Participants must bring their own sleeping bags.