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Photo 4: Liberty Ship, 1941. [Photo 4] with link to larger version of photo.
(Library of Congress)

Photo 4 shows the first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, shortly after its launch in September 1941.

Questions for Photo 4

1. The ship was launched September 27, 1941. Considering the year it was built, what might be one reason why this Liberty ship doesn't have any weapons? If needed, refer to Setting the Stage.

2. Note the faint white markings on the bow of the ship. Those are numbers. What do you think the numbers are for? Based on your answer, can you determine if this ship is loaded or unloaded? How did you come to your conclusion?

3. The ship has three masts. What could they be used for? If needed, compare Photo 4 with Illustration 1.

* The image on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 4, but be aware that the file will take as much as 35 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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