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Datebook: September 27 – First Liberty Ship launched 70 years ago

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The SS Patrick Henry was launched on September 27, 1941, becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.  Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. Though British in conception, they were adapted by the U.S. as they were cheap and quick to build, and came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Eighteen American shipyards built 2,751 Libertys between 1941 and 1945, easily the largest number of ships produced to a single design. The SS Patrick Henry’s maiden voyage was to the Middle East. During World War II she made 12 voyages to ports including Murmansk, Trinidad, Cape Town, Naples, and Dakar. She survived the war but was seriously damaged when she went aground on a reef off the coast of Florida in July 1946. She was scrapped at Baltimore in 1960.

It’s Tuesday, September 27

The Golden Dragon Acro-Cirque D’Or Chinese Acrobatic touring company performs at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College Thursday evening. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are half price for children 12 and under. Call the box office at 270-821-2787.

Crittenden County’s Pumpkin Festival features a car show Saturday at Darben Plaza, Highway 60 in Marion. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judging is at 3 p.m. $25 entry fees benefit the Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter and Crittenden County FFA.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah begins its 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Thursday at the Clemens Fine Arts Center. See the exhibition The Masks of Michoacan. There’s free admission, food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m. The Guest Speaker is Fred de Rosset of the Berea College faculty and Director of Mexico Programs for KIIS.

Thanks to those of you who are pledging now at wkms.org. It’s the best way to shorten time spent fundraising on-air.

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