The Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. They were British in conception but adapted by the U.S.A., cheap and quick to build, and came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Based on vessels ordered by Britain to replace ships torpedoed by German U-boats, they were purchased for the U.S. fleet and for lend-lease provision to Britain. Eighteen American shipyards built 2,751 Liberties between 1941 and 1945, easily the largest number of navy ships produced to a single design
For more than a year, Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis and Connecticut State Representative Demetrios Giannaros have been working with a variety of Greek and American officials to facilitate the donation of the last remaining Liberty Ship, the Arthur M. Huddell, to the Greek government. Their goal has been the establishment of a floating museum in Piraeus, dedicated to the history of the Greek merchant marine and its impact on the nation, as well as the historic ties of friendship between Greece and the United States.
The Huddell is the last remaining Liberty Ship in private hands, one of a number of vessels loaned to the Greek government as part of an effort to rebuild the Greek merchant fleet, which suffered heavy damage in the battle for freedom during World War II, and to provide food, medicine and supplies during the crucial Cold War years. The Liberty Ship program was the greatest single shipbuilding achievement in history. From 1941 to 1945 the United States built 2,710 Liberty Ships.
This site was created to provide information on the Liberty Ships, including a history of the ships, a history of the project, and a digital tour which takes you inside the ship. Please explore the website, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
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