Meeting on Liberty ship museum on Wednesday

Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Minister Yiannis Diamantidis is to have a meeting on Wednesday with Greek-American senator Leonidas Raptakis and a group of ship owners concerning the conversion of the cargo vessel "Hellas Liberty" into a floating museum.
An original U.S.-made 'Liberty ship' of the type that formed the backbone of the Greek merchant fleet after World War II, the ship sailed into Piraeus harbour in 2009 and is 100 percent owned by the maritime affairs ministry. The conversion of the ship was carried out at the Perama shipyard.

After the war, 100 such Liberty ships were given to Greek ship owners by the United States and helped in the rise of Greek merchant shipping after the second world war.

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