Saturday, November 26, 2022

"Somehow my soul seems suddenly free, From the weighing of fate and the sad discussion of sin, By the length and the breadth and the sweep of the marshes of Glynn." -- Sidney Lanier, "The Marshes of Glynn"

This model of the Liberty Ship was located in Memorial Park in Brunswick, Georgia.

All 2,779 Liberty Ships built between 1941 and 1945 at 18 shipyards were identical and were both cargo and troop carriers in WWII. The J. A. Jones Construction Co. operated one of the plants on the waterfront in Brunswick. Between 1943 and 1945, with a workforce of 16,000 men and women, they produced up to 99 of these steel vessels (usually 4 per month), 477' long and weighing 3,500 tons, for the Merchant Marines.

I found two possible explanations for their name. A sign at the WWII Memorial in Memorial Park in Brunswick said the reputation of the ships in keeping vital supply lines open earned them the name Liberty Ships. The National Park Website said the first ship built on Sept. 27, 1941 was named after Patrick Henry, the Revoltutionary War Patriot who had famously declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death," and that's how they became known as Liberty Ships.

It seemed odd that the scale model of the ship was across town at the WWII memorial.

Liberty Ship Park was located between the Sindney Lanier Bridge and the former Brunswick shipyard. 

The Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick was opened in 2003, replacing a bridge of the same name built in 1956. Georgia's tallest cable stayed bridge stretches 7,779 feet across the Brunswick river and is 480' at its highest point. The previous Bridge, of the same name, was a vertical-lift bridge which had been struck by a ship in 1972 and again in 1987. In the 1972 collision several cars fell into the water killing 10 people. 

Both bridges were named for the Georgian poet, Sidney Lanier, who wrote "The Marshes of Glynn," about the beautiful salt marshes in Coastal Georgia. "The Marshes of Glynn" by Sidney Lanier

The Glynn County board said that 18 people have committed suicide on the bridge since 2003. We noticed suicide prevention hotline numbers posted on the bridge, and the board said it is considering other action to help with this problem. 

The original version of the Longest Yard was filmed on the first bridge. The raising of the lift span was used to help Burt Reynolds escape the police. 

A mosaic located in Liberty Park.

The Sidney Lanier Bridge, with a small section on the right from the original bridge gave a great view of the bridge and river.

The former Brunswick Shipyards

We thought these nearby buildings may have been part of the shipyards?
Where are the Piepers now? Brunswick, GA

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