"Liberty" Ships Topic of April 14th Turner Lecture at Maritime Park
"John W. Brown" Project Volunteer to Speak
By bill Powell
As staff and volunteers at the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park are working hard getting ready for the 2019 official events season opener on April 19 and 20th, the Maritime Park continues its new Turner Lecture Series as a pre-season event on Sunday, April 14th at 2pm. The presentation for the premier lecture will be Jack Yunker: The Story of the Liberty Ship.
CMR John 'Jack' Yunker U.S.N. (retired) is from Mathews, VA. Jack graduated from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy 48 years ago, and became a Naval Aviator and commercial pilot while maintaining his USCG license as Unlimited Third Mate and Third Assistant Engineer. He lives in Heathsville, Va., and is an enthusiastic volunteer with the John W. Brown project as a watch standing engineer during cruises.
The lecture will be on Sunday afternoon, April 14th at 2pm. It will be held in the Maritime Parks Events Pavilion's enclosed section, located at 287 Jackson Creek Road in Deltaville. The lecture will begin promptly at 2pm with a question and answer time and "meet and greet" afterwards. Refreshments will be served. There is no admission but donations to the Turner Education Fund are encouraged. Your donations will ensure the continuity of the series. If you wish to attend, please RSVP although extra chairs are handy.
Liberty Ships were born in 1941 out of a necessity for cargo ships that could be built quickly during WWII and were originally designed by the British. However, the U.S Maritime Commission adjusted the design to accommodate U.S shipbuilding standards and account for a number of factors including missing resources and the need to build as quickly and cheaply as possible. The result was a fleet of ships commonly referred to as "emergency ships" or "ugly ducklings" because of their basic appearance. This moniker changed however when President Roosevelt told the nation, as the first ship, the "Patrick Henry" slipped her ways, that the fleet of ships would bring liberty to Europe. From then on, they became known as Liberty Ships. Over 2700 were built in the US.
More than 200 Liberty ships were lost to enemy combat, fire, collision, or other disasters, but the fact that they could be built so cheaply and at such a large scale enabled continued supplies to reach the allied forces fighting in the European and Pacific theaters.
Only 3 of these historic vessels are preserved today. Jack Yunker is a volunteer on one of these ships: the John W. Brown, based in Baltimore, MD. He will speak on the history of this cargo ship so vital to WWII and the story of how the "Brown" was saved and the continuing "Project Liberty Ship" that keeps her running.
We want to encourage our members and friends to come out and attend these lectures. Call the Museum office at 804-776-7200 to RSVP. For suggestions and support for the lecture series you can e-mail me at email@example.com, or Richard Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org directly or the museum staff at email@example.com. Museum hours are 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 12-4pm Sunday.
To find out everything you need to know about the Museum and Park, donate, volunteer, or become a Member with all its many benefits visit our website at deltavillemuseum.com or Google "Deltaville Maritime Museum". You may also e-mail the Museum office, open daily at: firstname.lastname@example.org, write to Box 466, Deltaville, VA or call the office at 804- 776-7200.
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