While Conflict is ever-changing, Liberty stands strong. We named our boat Liberty because Liberty is very important to have in a society, especially in our modern day society where we interact with people from far away, thanks to the internet. When Henry Kaiser built the first Liberty ships in World War II, they were a sign of hope to others in a time of conflict.
The second part of the boat’s name was to honor Henry Kaiser, who built many of these ships all throughout World War II. Henry Kaiser gave all of his workers extensive healthcare and many rights, especially in a time in which blue collar workers had few rights, and we want to honor the equality he gave liberty to the working class.
Do you have healthcare? Is it provided by your work? Or maybe you have Kaiser Permanente? He provided his country with ships for World War ll and that was one of the biggest turning points for his country and the beginning of Kaiser.
Building the LIBERTY
The program was developed by the Columbia River Maritime Museum in partnership with the Consular Office of Japan in Portland, and Educational Passages and is supported by Pacific Power, the U.S. Coast Guard, Columbia River Bar Pilots and many others.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum’s Miniboat Program provides a global, multidisciplinary STEAM learning experience for 5th – 7th grade students in the Pacific Northwest and Japan by empowering them to cooperatively design, build, launch, and track seaworthy, GPS-equipped boats on a journey across the Pacific Ocean.
Since the CRMM program start in 2017, more than 1,200 students on both sides of the Pacific Ocean have been involved in the launch of 24 miniboats (traveling a total of 53,469 nautical miles and counting). These boats are tracked daily, and students are still building on the skills they honed to launch them.