John Brambora's Merchant Marine Page

Sadly We Lost Dad in an Auto Accident with a drunk driver Last November 16th 2003.
He was 80 years old. He was going to meet his friends for his early morning coffee. We will all miss him very much
These pages are dedicated to him with love.


We have found a few photos, but Dad lost all his long ago.
If you have any photos of these ships, I would love to post them here.

ss windrush Dads Ships He Sailed 1939-1944


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Search for Captains and Ships
Ships Pictures, including the Norway Victory
Project Liberty Ship very good link to the merchant marine ships
The SS Lane Victory home page
The Hellas Liberty page
The Steel Navy page
The states marine lines page
National Archives and Records Administration
U.S Merchant Marine
Kaiser & Portland Oregon Shipyards
ship building history
Navy Department Library
World Wide Web Virtual Library
The Navy Armed Guard SiteHas A List Of Ships Sunk And A Great Picture Of The SS Lane Victory
A Ship Like Dad Was On
The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
Great Maritime Links
www.warsailors.com Merchant Marine Walter Schwartz Story

Interesting Reading:
As Dad was in Shanghai China during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai China in 1939, He always had fond memories of the month he was is Shanghai of it's wonderful people and traditions.
During my research I found some interesting reading about these trouble times in the world.
Caution! There are graphic images.

The Nanjing Massacre (Dec. 1937-- Feb. 1938)
Read about the Rape of NanJing
The Nanjing China Massacre (Dec. 1937-- Feb. 1938)



THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO OUR FATHER JOHNNIE BRAMBORA BORN MARCH 15,1923 - November 16, 2003

My name is Larry, I am doing research on the ships listed above for my father.
He was in the Pacific when war was decared on Japan, and in the Atlantic when war was declared on Germany.
Below is some information on what i've found so far.
Dad lost all his pictures and papers years ago and any information gained will be of help.
Thank you Larry KK7HM.

The M.V Ridley :
Was a British freighter that left Portland, Oregon in 1939 for Osaka Japan, and then to Shanghai China.
John was only 16 years old, and thinking it would be a great summer vacation he signed on.
As they were to be back at the end of summer it was a great oppertunity to see the world.
It was 2 years before he got back home. Other ports were , Naru, Copra Island, Panama to Grangemouth, Scottland then to Huston Texas,and on to New Orleans.

New Information courtesy ; Phyllis Kelly From the LLoyds Register

  • Dimensions: 437.7 O.L. 54.2 wide
  • Built: 1937 by Wm. Doxford & Sons
  • Port: Newcastle, British
  • Oil Engines
  • tonnage: 4993



    The SS Daisy Gray : Redwood lumber schooner
    Photo from Mr John Teget
  • Official # 222719
  • Signal Letters : MDWF
  • Gross Tonnage : 1,187 tons Net : 655
  • Length : 216.2
  • Breadth : 43.3
  • Depth : 15.5
  • Built : 1922 in Portland Oregon
  • Crew : 21
  • Horse Power : 750

    Click Here For A Story and Photo of the Daisy Grey

    The SS Windrush :

    Was a steel ship that Dad sailed to Africa, Cape town, Mombasa, The Red Sea, Aden, Port Elizibeth, around 1940. Dad tells stories of seas so rough they had to tie themselves in there bunks. When the ship was in the bottom of the swells the ship was almost covered in water, and when it would reach the crest of the swells the propellers would come out of the water and shake the whole ship. How could they ever sleep at all. Dad thinks it was owned by the Dollar Steamship Co.
    this email was sent to me i'll pass it along to you:
    Joseph Stropole sailed aboard the SS WINDRUSH !
    NOTE: THE SS WINDRUSH (PORTLAND ME)
    WAS BUILT IN 1919, HOG ISLAND
    WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT BY SHEPHERD LINES, AND RAN BY THEM THROUGHOUT WWII
    WAS ACCOMPANIED BY ONE SISTER SHIP -SEA RUSH (SUNK 1942)
    WAS ON NORTH ATLANTIC CONVOY RUNS TO MURMANSK AND ARKANGEL 1942-1944
    WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE RUSSIAN AS TAIL END OF LEND-LEASE/MARSHALL PLAN- 1947 DISPOSITION UNKNOWN (SEE OLD ABS RECORDS)
    MY FATHER- FIRST TRIP- 1937, TRAMP STEAMING TO PERSIAN GULF, ALEXANDRIA, PORT TUFIC, ETC...
    MY UNCLE- OILER FROM 1942- 1943 (Peter Novak)
    More on the windrush Click Here For A Photo

    The SS George Olson :

    A freighter that was built in 1919 as the Castle Town and was a steel steam schooner. (Thanks to Phyllis J. Kelly from the Puget Sound Maritime Research Library for this information.)
    Was Owned by the Oliver J. Olson Co.
    Sailed in april, 1943 on a 28 day schedule between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Puget Sound and Grays Harbor.
    She was a 3500 ton World War 1 Shipping Board steamship. later operated by the Coos Bay Lumber Co. as the Lumbertown and Coos Bay. It was taken over by the Santa Ana Steamship Co. from Oliver J. Olson Co. for service on the Puget Sound - Kuskokwim River route.

    The former steel steamship George Olson, in use as a towed lumber barge, went adrift while being towed across the Columbia River Bar by the Tug Mikimiki (2) in february 1964 outward bound for Los Angeles with 3,500,000 feet of lumber.
    Three Coast Guard boats attempted to retreive the heavely laden barge, but she began to take on water and became unmanageable. She eventually went on the rocks of Jetty (A) on the north side of the river entrance, and was broken up.
    For many days fishing vessels arrived at Astoria, their decks laden with salvaged lumber until they resembled miniature steam schooners.

    The SS Cynthia Olson :

    A steel steam schooner Hauled lumber from Coos Bay Oregon to Honolulu Hawaii.
    Owned by Oliver J. Olson , in the late 1950's. The George Olson and Mary Olson still were operating along the west coast.
    Action:
    Cynthia Olson, Pacific, Torpedo, Sunk, 12/07/41,
    Steam Schooner, Crew 33; US Army 2

    This information I found from the Navy Armed Guard website.
    This report tells of the Cynthia Olson being sunk at Honolulu Harbor Dec.7,1941.
    All hands on board were lost.

    December 07, 1941. 08:00 hrs.
    Another report.
    Unarmed U.S. Army - chartered steam schooner Cynthia Olson is shelled and sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 about 1,000 miles northwest of Diamond Head, Honolulu Hawaii.
    She is the first U.S. merchantman to be sunk by a Japanese submarine in World War II.
    There are no survivors from the 35 men aboard.

    Dad had been sailing the Cynthia Olson for a while and on the trip from Hawaii to Coos bay Oregon. When he arrived in Coos Bay, the Oliver Olson was getting ready to depart for Hawaii. So not wanting to wait several days until the Cynthia Olson was unloaded and reloaded again, he decided to take the Oliver Olson which was ready to return to Hawaii.
    Dad was in Hawaii I assume at Pearl harbor, until almost midnight December 6th 1941 when they departed Pearl Harbor for Coos bay.
    The Oliver Olson was out to sea 8 hours when Japan Attacked Hawaii. They had poor radio communications on the Oliver, so they were not aware what had happened or possibly they just were not told in all the confusion.
    His family hearing of the Cynthia Olson sinking had thought he was lost among the crew. His decision to change ships had turned out to be a blessing.
    Dad said many times ships were sunk or received damage just after he had changed to another ship.

    Click Here To See A Picture Of The Cynthia Olson

    Some other information found on the Japan Submarine I-26:
    This information from: www.ww2pacific.com/japsubs.html

    07June42. U.S. freighter Coast Trader is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 about 35 miles southwest of Cape Flattery, Washington

    31Aug42. Carrier Saratoga (CV-3) is torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-26, 260 miles southeast of Guadalcanal.

    13Nov42. In the aftermath of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: light cruiser Juneau (CL-52), damaged by gunfire, is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 as Juneau retires. [ Five Sullivan brothers.]

    11 Sept 43. Seaplane from I-26 reconnoiters the Fiji Islands.

    02Jan44. U.S. freighter Albert Gallatin is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 off the Arabian coast.

    13Mar44. U.S. tanker H.D.Collier is torpedoed and shelled by Japanese submarine I-26 in the Indian Ocean.

    29Mar44. U.S. freighter, Richard Hovey is torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-26 in the Indian Ocean. I-26 then surfaces and after shelling the ship, fires upon the lifeboats and rafts, killing one sailor. The Japanese submarine then rams and sinks one of the boats before taking four POWs and clearing the area.

    17Nov44. Planes from escort carrier Anzio (CVE-57) and destroyer escort Lawrence C. Taylor (DE-415) sink Japanese submarine I-26 in Philippine Sea near Palau.

    More about the I-26

    The SS Oliver Olsen :
    SS Oliver Olson
    This photo was taken shortly after the Oliver Olson had gone aground as it entered the channel at Bandon, Oregon.
    A wave picked it up and set it on the breaker -- as I remember it -- now 53 years ago.
    an Argus C-3 was used to take the slide.
    Thanks to Lew Holt in Oregon for this photo and information.

    The SS Oliver Olsen Left Honolulu Harbor Dec.6,1941 for Coos Bay Oregon in the evening. Near 10pm i beleive. The skipper's name was Johnson. She was originaly built the Point Bonita in 1918 in Portland Oregon. Later named the San Pedro and then the Oliver Olson.

    More about the Oliver Olson
    Shipwreck at Bandon, Oregon.
    Oliver Olson:

    Part of the 307-foot SS Oliver Olson, headed for Bandon Oregon to load lumber, will forever be a part of the Coquille River South Jetty.
    It went aground, damaging its propeller and rudder, on Nov. 3, 1953.
    Coast Guard crews and tugs tried to get the ship off the rocks but did not succeed.
    It was abandoned where it sat. Salvagers took most of the fittings and deck equipment in 1954, part of its hull was filled with rocks to form an extension of the jetty.

    The SS John A. Johnson : ... hull # 2027

    A Liberty Ship. Sailed the South Pacific, hauled ammunition and 500 lb. bombs. Sailed to:
    Austrailia, New Guinea.
    new information; Thanks to Bill Humm.

    John A.Johnson built june 1943 by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp.
    On 10/30/44. Severly Damaged by the Japanese sub (I.12) in the Pacific, (29.55N 141.25W) on a voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu, (carrying war supplies and explosives).
    Broke in two and abandoned. Both sections shelled by sub and sank.

    If you have a good photo of the John A. Johnson please send it.

  • SS JOHN A. JOHNSON # 2027 Click Here

    This Information I found From The Navy Armed Guard Page:

    The John A. Johnson Was Torpedoed 3-19-44. ( should this date be Oct. 30, 1944 ? or were there 2 attacks ?).
    Killed Were A Crew Of 25 And 9 Armed Guard.
    Will Try To Find Out More. Send a photo if you have it.

    I have some new information on the Japanese sub (I-12) that sank the John A. Johnson

  • Year Completed: 1944
  • Displacement: 2934 max. / 4172 sub.
  • Dimensions: 367'5" x 31'4" x 17'8"
  • Speed: 17.7 / 6.2 knots
  • Max Depth: 330 feet
  • Armament: 1x5.5"/50, 2 x 25mm AA, 6x 21" TT, 18 Torpedos, 1 Seaplane.
    30 May 1945.
    Aircraft from escort carrier Anzio (CVE-57) sinks Japanese submarine I-12 (Ito) or I-361 (USN) in Philippine Sea 400 mile SE of Okinawa.

    Click Here To See A Picture Of A Japanese Sub

    The SS Washington Irving : Hull # 0197

    Built June 1942 by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp. Sent to reserve fleet site 2 (James River) Scrapped in 3/72 in Castellon.
    Thanks to Bill Humm for this information.

    The SS United Victory :

    She was the first Victory ship built in Portland Oregon.
    Delivered Feb.28,1944 and set sail in March.

    Action:
    United Victory, Pacific, Strafed, Damaged, 10/28/44
    United Victory, recorded in Okinawa, 04/16/45.
    This information from Here.
    If it was the first Victory Ship built, there should be some information on it but I have not found 1 photo.
    And very little other information.
    Dad sailed her maiden voyage. But i can't seem to find much more.
    Typical Victory Ship Specifications
    Displacement: 10,000 tons standard; 5 holds with over 9,000 tons capacity
    Dimensions: 455 x 62 feet
    Propulsion: cross-compound steam turbine developing 6,000 or 8,500 hp , 15 knots
    Crew: 44 and between 12 to 25 Naval Armed Guard
    Armament: 1 x 5 inch stern gun , 1 x 3 inch bow gun , 8 x 20 mm cannon
    Please send an email or leave some information in the guest book if you have anything new.

    The SS Norway Victory :


    Thanks to John A. Carriker, Jr.for this photo.
    click here to see a larger picture of the Norway VIctory
    He was on the SS Norway Victory, [a Victory ship ] from 9/13/1946-9/30/1946, from Yakasura, Japan to Seattle, WA.
    He had arrived in Japan 3 weeks after the end of the war and spent 2 years there in the buildup.
    He was primarily in Yokohama, with daily trips to Tokyo.

    Dad sailed on the Norway Victory ship with his brother Billy Brambora. Not much known on this ship either.
    Please email me and leave some information if you have anything new.

    I have found out that if the Navy armed guard was aboard they kept great logs and I hope to get some copys when I can find out how.

    click here to see a picture of a Liberty And Victory Ship



    Click Here To See The Amature Radio Schedule For The Lane Victory Ship


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    If you have any information on any of the ships listed above send an email below to Larry or John at;
    Email Larry:artfiber1@yahoo.com
    Email John Jr:tubegurl@msn.com

    Thanks to all the sites that donated the graphics. I hope you enjoy these pages. I will be updating them as soon as I get new information and time.

    Page Made...before June 10, 1999
    Last updated - 6/6/2014



    The Nanjing Massacre (Dec. 1937-- Feb. 1938)
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    The Nanjing China Massacre (Dec. 1937-- Feb. 1938)