The Liberty Ship was one of a handful of war winning developments. This class of ship is often thought of as American but the author sets out her provenance – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: Liberty's Provenance, The Evolution of the Liberty Ship from its Sunderland Origins FILE: R2941 AUTHOR: John Henshaw PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Seaforth Publishing BINDING: hard back PAGES: 128 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War Two, World War 2, World War II, WWII, Second World War, merchant marine, cargo ships, convoys, ship losses, Liberty Ship, emergency build program,
IMAGE: B2941.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y2wb6xfn LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Liberty Ship was one of a handful of war winning developments. This class of ship is often thought of as American but the author sets out her provenance – Very Highly Recommended The British faced a number of major challenges in the early part of WWII. The war at sea was resulting in heavy loss of merchant ships for a nation that imported most raw materials and food. At the same time, all of the British shipyards were easily identified from the air and with in the range of German bombers. That meant that the British Purchasing Commission in the US had to find US shipyards to take on the task of the emergency building program to keep up and get ahead of the shipping losses. The US yards did not have to worry about air raids and they had already been adopting mass production and hull welding to significantly increase output. The Liberty Ship was not the only joint development project. The P-45 Mustang was another example of combining British battle experience and technology to produce something outstanding. In the case of the Liberty ship, British design of Emergency Ships had begun during WWI. Joseph L Thompson & Sons Ltd., of North Sands, Sunderland had been a leading yard building fine merchant ships in an area that had been building ships since the Middle Ages. They had produced the Dorington Court Class as a standard emergency build class. Henry J Kaiser was quick to seize the opportunity of an order from the British Shipbuilding Mission for sixty ships. These ships were to be based on the Dorington Court Class. They were to become a vital part of the Allied war effort, built very quickly and to form the basis of large scale rapid construction with modifications to meet changes in need. Although conceived as emergency ships to meet the relatively short life of the war, Liberty ships were used long after WWII by merchant marine and military users. The author has provided a very complete story of these important ships and his able text is supported by many illustrations, including some of his excellent line drawings.