Model of World War II Liberty Ship Benjamin Rush

This is a model of the World War II Liberty Ship, Benjamin Rush, built in 1941. It measured 441 feet 6 inches in length, 56 feet 10 inches in beam, and 10,920 tons. It was delivered from the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore on July 11, 1942 and sailed from Norfolk, Virginia on its maiden voyage on August 2, 1942 to the United Kingdom. According to a letter from the War Shipping Administration dated June 4, 1945, it made nine successful voyages and completed a circumnavigation, having called at many ports carrying war materials, foodstuffs, etc. to Hull and Liverpool in England; Casablanca, Safi and Oran in Africa; Fremantle in Australia, Khorramshahr in Iran, and many others. It was scrapped in 1954.
Between 1941 and 1945, more than 2,700 Liberty ships were produced – ‘the cargo carrying key to victory.’ By the time the program ended in 1945, eighteen shipyards on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf participated in the effort. Two-thirds of all WW2 cargo that left the United States was transported in Liberty ships. Two hundred of the vessels were sunk, but there were so many at sea that the enemy could not stop Allied shipping.
This model was built by Boucher Models of New York after World War II and first appears in the collection of the Insurance Company of North America around 1950.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ship model
date made
Boucher, Fred
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 14 1/2 in x 56 in x 7 in; 36.83 cm x 142.24 cm x 17.78 cm
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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