The city of South Portland, ME, will accept bids July 21 for repairs, cleaning and recoating on its Liberty Ship Memorial statue, the centerpiece of a maritime park dedicated to World War II’s Liberty Ships and U.S. Merchant Mariners.
The ship sculpture, in Bug Light Park, honors two WWII shipyards in South Portland.
The project involves repairing caulking, grout and joints and coating steel surfaces on the 70-by-45-by-35-foot ship sculpture and display panels.
|The memorial was dedicated in November 2001.|
The project includes spot-power-tool cleaning to SSPC-SP 3 and coating the steel hull and other metals with a zinc-epoxy system. It also calls for power-tool cleaning and coating seams, framing, anchor plates, and anchor bolts with a penetrating epoxy sealer-epoxy system.
The contract includes alternates for one-year and three-year maintenance agreements, including as-needed painting.
Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. Cheap and quick to build, the ships came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Based on vessels ordered by Britain to replace ships torpedoed by German U-boats, they were purchased for the U.S. fleet and for lend-lease provision to Britain.
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|Liberty ships were under construction in South Portland, ME, in August 1942.|
Eighteen American shipyards built 2,751 Libertys between 1941 and 1945—easily the largest number of ships produced to a single design.
South Portland’s Liberty Ship memorial, sponsored by the Portland Harbor Museum, was dedicated in November 2001, marking the site where 274 ships were built during WWII.
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