Work Outs: Oct 25 – 31, 2020 (SS Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship)

We visited the liberty ship, SS Jeremiah O’Brien, in May 2013, which was named after a politician and businessman from Maine. It was (and still is) moored near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA. These pictures have been languishing on my phone for all of these years, so I thought it might be nice to continue freeing up some room on my ancient but still plucky Galaxy 6 and post them here.

Sun, October 25th

Rest Day. Calories: 2279, Protein 88 g.

Mon, October 26th

  • About 30 minutes of Cardio Yard Work.
  • Afternoon Training
    • Captains of Crush Gripper (T):
      • (Set 1): Right = 8mm x 5 reps, Left = 16mm x 3 + 2 reps
      • (Set 2): Right = 8mm x 5 reps, Left = 16mm x 2 + 3 reps
      • (Set 3): Right = 6mm x 4 + 1 reps, Left = 16mm x 0 + 5 reps
      • (Set 4): Right = 6mm x 3 + 2 reps, Left = 16mm x 0 + 5 reps
    • Open Hand (8 lb. Band): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Leg Complex: FOUR SETS {Full Squats x 15 reps, Lunges (2-ct): 6 reps, Romanian Dead Lifts (8 lb. db’s): 12 reps, Side-Kick Stretch (2-ct): 12}
    • Exercise Complex: Standing Calf Raises x 15 reps, Front Kick Stretch (2-ct) x 12 reps, Face Pulls: 12.5 lbs. x 12 reps, Single Leg Standing Calf Raises (each leg): 6 reps, Internal and External Shoulder Rotation (black band, each arm) x 12 reps
    • Did a little stretching to end the session.

Calories: 1954, Protein: 132 g.

There were 2,710 of these Liberty ships built, and by design very quickly too, but there are only 3 left and only the O’Brien remains “in its original and fully functional form.”

Tues, October 27th

  • Afternoon Training
    • Shoulder Complex: THREE SETS { [Twenty-One’s: lateral raises (12 lb. DB’s), front raises (10 lbs. x 2 sets, 12 lbs. x 1 set), and rear delt rows (12 lbs.)] + [Arnold Presses: 20 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps, 25 lbs. x 5 reps + 20 lbs. 5 reps] }
    • Standing Push-ups using cellar stairs: 12 x 12 x 10 x 10 reps
    • Cable Flies: 10 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Spring Bar: 3H + 5L reps x 2 sets, 5H reps, 4H reps
    • Super Set: Tricep Pushdowns (str. bar): 35 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps +
      • (Set #1): Dead Bugs (2-ct): 20
      • (Set #2): Two-Handed American KB Swings: 15 lbs. x 12 reps
      • (Set #3): Crunches: 30 reps
      • (Set #4): Fitness Bag Pick up and Shoulder x 8 reps
        • One rep = picking up bag off floor and hefting it onto my shoulder, transfer bag to other shoulder, and place (not drop or slam) bag back on the floor.
      • Did a little stretching to end the session.

Calories: 1970, Protein: 118 g.

I found it interesting to learn, when we visited, that the ship was built in South Portland, Maine in 1943 because South Portland wasn’t too far from the last place we lived in Maine some years ago. I also have fond memories of the Portland area because the city was the backdrop for my first, great adventure as a child in the late 1970’s, when my parents let me take my first long distance bus ride alone to go to a game convention.

A couple of shots of the rather busy deck.

Wed, October 28th

  • Morning Walk: 3.26 miles.
  • Afternoon Training:
    • Standing Cable Rows (straight bar): 60 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Cable Pull Downs (d-handles): 50 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Standing Bicep Curls (cat litter fitness bag) : 3 sets x 12 reps, 1 set x 8 reps + 15 lb. DB’s x 4 reps
    • Exercise Complex: TWO SETS { Wood Chops (ea. side): 15 lbs. x 12 reps, Internal Rotation (20 lb. black band, ea. arm) x 12 reps, Farmer’s Walk: 30 lb. DB’s x 100 steps }
    • Exercise Complex: TWO SETS { Spread & Raise Hands (light orange band) x 12 reps, Internal Rotation (20 lb. black band, ea. arm) x 12 reps, Fitness Bag Cleans (parallel grip) x 8 reps }
    • Stretched a little to end the workout.

Calories: 2000, Protein: 95 g.

Thurs, October 28th

  • Afternoon Training:
    • Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Levels 9 – 14. I followed this video on the Vive Health channel. The workout was interval training along with some upper body range of motion work and getting off the bike for three sets of squats. I used my fitness bag for the squats. While I might not be the target audience for Coach Kim’s running banter, I did enjoy the workout. It was pretty basic in a good way and made the time go by quickly.
    • Stretched a little to end the workout.

Calories: 2010, Protein: 107 g.

A few shots of the ship’s guts. I remember being struck by how everything looked ready to go and ship shape. Real Bristol Fashion! Apparently my impression was correct because in 1994 the O’Brien sailed to France and England, in an 18,000 mile round trip back to San Francisco to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, which it took part in as “part of the Operation Neptune invasion fleet armada.”

Fri, October 30th

  • Morning Walk: 3.35 miles.
  • Afternoon Walk: 2.33 miles. Total mileage for the day was 5.68 miles.

Calories: 2140, Protein: 113 g.

Sat, October 31st

Morning Walk: 7.24 miles. (I lost 2.2 pounds for the week so my total lost is 15.2 lbs. so far.) Not sure what the calories were today because we did our weekly restaurant run. (Pizza!) I think that I kept it to reasonable numbers though.

The USS Pampanito was located nearby though we didn’t get a chance to tour that vessel. This submarine was also built in 1943 and “completed six war patrols from 1944 to 1945 and served as a Naval Reserve Training ship from 1960 to 1971.”

Also, there was no shortage of sea gulls to beg food from the gullible and bomb (both dive and high level) the unwary! I vaguely remember taking a picture of the young avian above because it made quite an impression with its hectoring and screeching at anyone who passed by. Seemed this gull was determined to defend its piling from all comers both human and otherwise!

15 responses to “Work Outs: Oct 25 – 31, 2020 (SS Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship)”

  1. Well Ann I did a check and from our two major cities on the opposites sides of the country are a measly 4,300 km so you beat us by a thousand!! Ha Ha !
    On that note of distance I have just read a book about an adventurous young American girl that walked up the Pacific crest trail that started in Mexico though I don’t think she started the trail that far south. When I looked it up the trail distance was roughly the same as distance from the bottom of Australia to the top! When I looked at it in that perspective she achieved a monumental feat ! Oh I was thinking the trail she was on might have pasted by where you and your husband live.

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    • Heh, well, 4300 km is still a pretty respectable distance! 🙂

      Yes, I do believe the Pacific Rim trail does pass pretty close to where we live. That is pretty neat about the book that girl wrote. What was her name? I might want to check it out myself.

      When I was in latter part of college I remember making friends in one of my classes with a woman who had walked the Appalachian Trail in her early 60’s over the course of two years and was going to college because it was something “she always wanted to do and now she could.” (She seemed so old then, lol.) I remember saying that was a great thing to have done and that she should write a book about it. (Walking that trail was one of those things I always thought about doing because it terminates or starts (depending upon your point of view) in Maine. I never did, I’m sorry to say, but who knows what the future may bring?

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  2. Great post on the Liberty ship, interesting you had a confection to it, you have certainly moved far from home in that time. Its interesting that America and Australia are roughly the same size but in all my time I have never been to the western state saying, oh heavens that’s to far away! and yet I have lived in England and France, strange how we gauge distances!

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    • Thank you, Pat. I was very surprised and my husband and I both had a good laugh when we first walked up to it and I read the little metal plaque that informed one it was made in Maine. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised though. Maine has a long history of making good ships. I remember admiring from afar the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers that I would see moored in Bath, in my occasional travels to the area, which also isn’t too far from the Portland area.

      Just for nostalgia sake I poked around and looked at some information on the Bath Ironworks and was pleased to run across this on Wikipedia: “During World War II, ships built at BIW were considered to be of superior toughness by sailors and Navy officials, giving rise to the phrase ‘Bath-built is best-built.’”

      Heh, yes, it is interesting how one thinks of the world. Australia is one of those places “I’ve always wanted to go,” but never have. We have indeed moved a long way from Maine, though we’ve lived a lot of other places too. Just for fun I did a door to door from the last place we lived in Maine to where we live now and it was a bit over 5300 km!


    • Thank you, Pete, I’m plugging away at it. 🙂 I’m finding that recording what I’m doing here every week seems to be helping.

      We really enjoyed touring that ship. I’m glad the fire control people were able to save it earlier in the year when there was a pretty big fire in the area where it is moored. I remembering hearing it was a close thing though and they had to bring in a fire boat because the flames were coming right up near the side!

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    • Thanks, Dave. The workouts are fun and I’m finding I enjoy doing my weekly report. That was quite a ship. I’m glad they were able to preserve it and keep it in such good condition that it is still capable of making transoceanic voyages.

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  3. Enjoyed the post and the pictures, Ann! 🙂 Shame you didn’t get to visit the submarine – I’ve only ever been onboard one submarine and that was an in-service Royal Navy diesel boat when it visited the North east of England back in the late ’70s!

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    • Hi, John. I would have loved to have crawled around inside that submarine. I did get to crawl around inside a submarine as a child when my parents took me to Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts back in the ’70’s, and then again in the late ’90’s when I took my husband down there because he’d never crawled around inside a battleship. The thing that impressed him the most about the whole ship were the giant bread dough mixers and the mess arrangements, since he worked in food service as a young man and retained a fondness for the trade even though he took a different path in life.

      As chance would have it, and I didn’t realize it until I started poking around to do this post: the sub (USS Lionfish) that I crawled around in was of the same class (Balao class) as the sub in San Francisco.

      I also remember getting to see the outside of a Japanese midget sub that they had displayed on the deck of the USS Massachusetts battleship. Apparently said midget sub had tried to ram the Massachusetts but failed because of engine trouble or something and they ended up fishing the darned thing out of the water and keeping it. At least that is how I remember the story. Also remember being mad because my dad wouldn’t let me crawl on top of the sub. Kids, lol. 🙂

      I hope you had fun when you got to go inside the Royal Navy sub.

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      • Haha, love the midget sub story! 🙂 I think I’d have been the same! The RN sub I visited was visiting Blyth in Northumberland for a couple of days (submarines used to be based there in WW2). Since my sister was in the local Girls Nautical Training Corps (the girls’ equivalent of the Sea Cadets) I think she got invited along to the sub with the other cadets and she must have got me included as well! I enjoyed the visit, although it really was a long time ago!

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        • Heh, I think that little green sub (at least it is green in my memory) was a kid magnet. I wonder if it is still there today? That is neat you got to go along on the visit, when you were a kid. The Girls Nautical Training Corps sounds like something that would be a lot of fun to be part of.

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