Baltimore’s John W. Brown Project Liberty Ship to Appear in Fells Point this Weekend

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A proud symbol of Baltimore’s maritime heritage is heading to Fells Point for public tours and photography meetups this weekend.

The SS John W Brown, a Project Liberty Ship and history museum that dates from 1942, will be shifted from its usual berth in Canton to the Fells Point waterfront on March 31 at 9 a.m. for the Fells Point Privateer Festival.

The ship will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 31 (with the last passenger off the ship at 5 p.m.); from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 (last passenger off at 6 p.m.), and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2 (last passenger off at 5 p.m.) Admission is free, but donations are accepted. After the Sunday tours, the ship will head back to Canton at 5:30 p.m.

The visit coincides with the start of the Light City Baltimore festival, and the ship will be “professionally illuminated” after dark. There will also be opportunities for camera buffs to participate in photographers’ meetups on Friday and Sunday. More information is available here.

“Though we are not from the same time period of the Privateer Days in Baltimore, we are a Baltimore-built piece of living history,” the John Brown operators said in a Facebook post announcing the tours. “And she’s a swashbuckling hunk of burning love!”

Ed Gunts

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