Murder on Liberty Ship Hull # 13

Life of a Liberty Ship Rigger's Extra Activities

by Capt. Gardner Martin Kelley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/24/2012

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781477227909
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781477223741
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781477223734

About the Book


The Liberty Ship Murder on Hull # 13, it will not be remembered for the murder which was of no importance except to the participants.

What will be remembered are the antics of the shipyard stud by many of the young women on their lonely nights?

My job was as an agent sent to the ship yard to investigate the demise of a woman worker. My interest was soon diverted to this brawny and horny young rigger named Kelley.

Kelley worked hard at getting the ships ready for war. He also was very interested in helping as many girls and young women as possible from going man hungry. His dedication to the Liberty Ships and the ladies make interesting reading.

Dead, she is dead. The man shook Ernest to reality. The slow learner had stood guard on the topside of the liberty ship. A man had gone down and forward to visit a woman worker reputed to be selling favors through the back door opening of her drawers.

The man covered his badge nu¬mber on his shirt with the bib of his overalls from Ernest and hurried away quickly. He went toward the huge gangway exit. This was to fool the retard. Ernest saw the man turn aft to his job aboard the ship but did not know the worker. His overall figure looked no different to describe than of a hundred other workers on the liberty ship.

Ernest went on with his business as usual. When he was walking around below he saw the body of a dead woman. Ernest was confused, but finally came up and reported finding the dead woman.

The shipyard officials called the police and they sent me to find out how the woman had been killed and who had done it.

The End

About the Author

I was born near a lighthouse far out at sea on January 20, 1913. I must have heard the ocean roar and heard it pounding on the shore.

Eight summer’s came and with it a big three-mast schooner. Prohibition was the name of the game. I was at the tiller, far at sea and my father was out from sampling the tea; I was the youngest rum runner of them all.

I needed all that I could earn to support a pretty nineteen year old wife and home; 10-27-1931 we married and bought property in Milbridge, Maine. Vera Alley Kelley and I were married for 65 memorable years.

I was a rigger at the Boston Navy Yard during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 12-7-1941; I also worked on “OLD IRONSIDES”.

South Portland’s West yard in Maine, where I worked as a “pusher rigger”, I helped build and steered Liberty Ships for Captain Litchfield at all of the harbor trial test runs.

I moved to North Carolina to enjoy my boat and the weather, I developed a small marine railway yard in Harkers Island near the Outer Banks. There in 1969 I got a call; The “BIG BAD JOHN” had run aground. I was recommended to Jimmy Dean as the right licensed captain to pilot her to Florida.

Later I was hired to Captain the “M.V. MOUNT HOPE” for cruises from Rhode Island to Canada.

The forty five foot ketch the “FROLIC”, I bought for my own. The “FROLIC” was berthed at Morehead City close to my home.

The last 25 years I have written of experiences of my wonderful lifetime. I am now 98 years old and still going strong; I now reside on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina with my family of five generations.

Capt. Gardner Martin Kelley