Volunteers from the JOHN W BROWN were at this year's Maritime Day Expo. This annual event hosted by NS SAVANNAH and other maritime organizations is held at Pier 13 in Canton. Armed Forces Day and National Maritime Day fall in the month of May and it is a great way to celebrate those days. There were several ships to visit including the NS SAVANNAH, an Army Tugboat, an Army Corps of Engineers vessel, a Coast Guard vessel, a fire boat and a NOAA survey boat. The crews on each were happy to talk about their ships and to listen to us talk about ours! There were lots of other fun things to see and do and some good food to eat too.
We love to say hello and had lots of people stop by to enjoy the day with us. Here are some pictures of some of the BROWN's volunteers working and enjoying the day.
The NS Savannah dedicated the #2 lifeboat as an Armed Forces memorial. Each Armed Forces branch was honored and a representative from each branch carried their service flags up to the lifeboat. The BROWN's crew represented two branches in the ceremony. Mike carried the flag for the Navy and Liam carried the flag for the Merchant Marines.
Baltimore has a long history as a working port. Many different companies and organizations were represented at the event. Some companies were offering jobs, some represented the history of the port and others were educating the public. An incredible amount of goods and people move through Baltimore each year. For more info about commodities in Baltimore, click here. Whether you're curious about working in the industry or interested in services offered by the industry you'll find it here.
A special pool is filled with water for model enthusiasts to race their vessels. These radio controlled boats are fun to watch. If you've never seen one or would like to know more this is the place to ask questions. If you ask nicely you may even get a turn at the controls.
The TEACH FLEET was built by Commodore Wilbert McKinley to promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The TEACH FLEET consists of almost 200 Lego ship models of every type from tugboats to aircraft carriers. This display is a crowd favorite! The BROWN also has a STEM program and this year 3 students finished the program in May.
There are vessels of all types at the Expo. Diesel powered, nuclear powered, radio powered and steam powered. The crews of each ship welcomed visitors and patiently answered all kinds of questions.
Project Liberty Ship, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all volunteer organization engaged in the preservation and operation of the historic ship JOHN W. BROWN as a living memorial museum. Gifts to Project Liberty Ship are tax deductible.