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A man and his ship : America's greatest naval architect and his quest to build the S.S. United States / Steven Ujifusa
623.8092 U33M
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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x, 437 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Examines the life and career of William Francis Gibbs (1886-1967), the Philadelphia native whose lifelong ambition was to build the biggest, fastest, safest liner ever.
Preface: The way it was -- Book I: The man and the vision -- Size, luxury and speed -- Escaping the rich boys -- Mauretania -- J.P. Morgan's Titanic -- Pipe dreamers at work -- Prizes of war -- A giant lives again -- The parvenu -- Mrs. William Francis Gibbs -- Malolo -- A German sea monster -- Death by fire -- FDR's new Navy -- The Queen and the America -- A full measure of toil -- Book II: Building the dream -- A very pleasing appearance -- Primacy on the seas -- A mighty sweet baby rises -- American moderne -- Turn her up -- Crewing up the big ship -- Truman on the attack -- The new sea queen arrives -- A very fast lady -- Masters of victory -- The Halcyon years -- Trouble ashore -- No time to say good-bye -- Secrets told -- Epilogue.
9781451645071 (hc : alk. paper)
1451645074 (hc : alk. paper)
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