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Memorial volunteers ask for public donations to replace items lost in Pier 45 fire

Volunteers with the SS Jeremiah O’Brien National Liberty Ship Memorial say that while the historic World War II cargo ship “escaped mostly unscathed” from the four-alarm fire on Saturday at Pier 45 in San Francisco, the organization that supports it did not fare as well.

The National Liberty Ship Memorial said Sunday in a post on its Facebook page:

“Items in storage and pier side have been destroyed. Recovery will take time and money.”

The organization is appealing for donations to replace what was lost.

The O’Brien, launched in Maine in June 1943, is one of only two Liberty ships of more than 2,700 built during World War II that remain fully functional.

The ship, designated a National Historic Landmark, is a living museum docked at Pier 45 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Donations can be made online at

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