CARGO VESSELS MAY JOIN D-DAY VOYAGE

CARGO VESSELS MAY JOIN D-DAY VOYAGE

A House maritime panel has approved legislation to permit three World War II- vintage cargo ships to join in a 1994 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy in France.

The bill that the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee sent to the House floor last week provides a funding mechanism to help refurbish the ships - the Liberty-class John W. Brown of Baltimore and the Jeremiah O'Brien of San Francisco and a Victory ship, the Lane Victory of Los Angeles - for the

trans-Atlantic voyage next year.It authorizes the transfer of six obsolete vessels in the National Defense Reserve Fleet to the three organizations that own the Liberty and Victory ships.

Those organizations then will scrap the reserve fleet ships, which are each worth about $300,000 to $500,000, and use the proceeds to make the Liberty and Victory ships seaworthy for the trip.

The measure was drafted by Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, R-Md.