By Steven Ujifusa
At the height of his strength, within the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties, William Francis Gibbs was once thought of America’s top naval architect.
His quest to construct the best, quickest, most pretty ocean liner of his time, the S.S. United States, was an issue of nationwide fascination. whilst accomplished in 1952, the send was once hailed as a technological masterpiece at a time whilst “made in the USA” intended the simplest.
Gibbs was once an American unique, on par with John Roebling of the Brooklyn Bridge and Frank Lloyd Wright of Fallingwater. pressured to drop out of Harvard following his family’s surprising bankruptcy, he overcame debilitating shyness and absence of formal education to develop into the visionary author of a few of the best ships in historical past. He spent 40 years dreaming of the send that grew to become the S.S. United States.
William Francis Gibbs was once pushed, relentless, and dedicated to excellence. He enjoyed his send, the assumption of it, and the belief of it, and he dedicated himself to creating it the epitome of luxurious shuttle through the victorious post–World warfare II period. Biographer Steven Ujifusa brilliantly describes the way in which Gibbs labored and the way his imaginative and prescient reworked an undefined. A guy and His send is a story of ingenuity and firm, a really outstanding trip on land and sea.
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A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States by Steven Ujifusa