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Old August 13th, 2018, 07:10 AM #11
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When my wife could walk, we used to do yearly cruises on the John Brown. I always thought I would be a volunteer someday but my wife's illness and my back issues put that to bed. I met a lot of guys and gals who served in WWII during cruises on the John Brown.

I have lost touch with her, do they still do several cruises a year?
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Old August 13th, 2018, 07:18 AM #12
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They have a cruise on Sept. 1. Tickets still available.
http://www.ssjohnwbrown.org

I took the wife and kids once but the cruise got rained out. They still did the shows and tour but no ride.
My parents and Aunt and Uncle went. Uncle was a WWII Navy vet serving on troop transports, was on the first wave on D-Day. He said the tour brought back many memories.
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The wood used for shaft bearings and seals is actually Lignum Vitae, sometimes called iron wood however many different wood species are called ironwood. It was even used in nuclear submarines.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lignum_vitae
I have a piece of one of those bearings somewhere that Pop brought home from Fairfield. Very dense and feels like wax paper to the touch
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A close friend was in charge of Virginia's artificial reef project. He sank a number of Liberty ships along with surplus military armor and NYC subway cars off the coast of Virginia. He hated sinking the Liberty ships but they were in poor condition and unlikely to be used other than turned into Toyotas. As part of an artificial reef they become part of the ecosystem and create homes for aquatic life which benefits the fishing industry...both commercial and sport as well as sport diving...and brings in revenues to businesses in Virginia.
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A great ship! My son is a sea cadet and spent the weekend aboard it last weekend (Aug 3,4,5). They helped the crew during the on way cruise. He took a bunch of pics and really enjoyed the play time with the Bi-wing. They re-enacted a battle and trained a gun on the plane.
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I was driving over the Bay Bridge coming home from work yesterday and thought I saw what seemed to be an old freighter near the mouth of the Patapsco River - I was too busy trying to not run over the car in fron tof me to get a real good look. Their website confirms that it was the John Brown traveling from Cambridge back to Baltimore -- would have loved to see it going under the bridge.
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I was driving over the Bay Bridge coming home from work yesterday and thought I saw what seemed to be an old freighter near the mouth of the Patapsco River - I was too busy trying to not run over the car in fron tof me to get a real good look. Their website confirms that it was the John Brown traveling from Cambridge back to Baltimore -- would have loved to see it going under the bridge.
Buy a cruise down the bay and experience it for yourself.
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If you ever get a chance to go on one of their cruises, take it. I went a couple years ago and loved it. Except for the sunburn, of course.

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I found a video that I took of the engine running. The engine room was HOT. Our cruise was in June and I had to go outside to cool off.

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The wood used for shaft bearings and seals is actually Lignum Vitae, sometimes called iron wood however many different wood species are called ironwood. It was even used in nuclear submarines.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lignum_vitae
BuShips officially called them "woodens".
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