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A man and his ship : America's greatest naval architect and his quest to build the S.S. United States

Author: Steven Ujifusa
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: William F Gibbs; William F Gibbs
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Ujifusa
ISBN: 9781451645071 1451645074 9781451645088 1451645082
OCLC Number: 759912560
Description: x, 437 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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 --
The might 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.
Responsibility: Steven Ujifusa.

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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.

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