A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Jul 10, 2012 - History - 448 pages
25 Reviews
THE STORY OF A GREAT AMERICAN BUILDER

At the peak of his power, in the 1940s and 1950s, William Francis Gibbs was considered America’s best naval architect.

His quest to build the finest, fastest, most beautiful ocean liner of his time, the S.S. United States, was a topic of national fascination. When completed in 1952, the ship was hailed as a technological masterpiece at a time when “made in America” meant the best.

Gibbs was an American original, on par with John Roebling of the Brooklyn Bridge and Frank Lloyd Wright of Fallingwater. Forced to drop out of Harvard following his family’s sudden financial ruin, he overcame debilitating shyness and lack of formal training to become the visionary creator of some of the finest ships in history. He spent forty years dreaming of the ship that became the S.S. United States.

William Francis Gibbs was driven, relentless, and committed to excellence. He loved his ship, the idea of it, and the realization of it, and he devoted himself to making it the epitome of luxury travel during the triumphant post–World War II era. Biographer Steven Ujifusa brilliantly describes the way Gibbs worked and how his vision transformed an industry. A Man and His Ship is a tale of ingenuity and enterprise, a truly remarkable journey on land and sea.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
15
3 stars
4
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States

User Review  - Diana Eberhardt - Goodreads

Interesting book, with b&w photographs, about the SS United States and the the man who dreamed, designed, and built her. The ship is now sitting at a Philadelphia pier, awaiting her fate - as shops ... Read full review

Review: A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

After seeing this ship for years, rusting just off the highway I had a chance to tour the inside of this ship. At the time I only knew a small bit of history of this once great ship. Ujifusa goes to ... Read full review

Contents

SIZE LUXURY AND SPEED
3
ESCAPING THE RIGH BOYS
13
MAURETANIA
26
P MORGANS TITANIC
37
PIPE DREAMERS AT WORK
48
PRIZES OF WAR
63
A GIANT L1vES AGAIN
70
THE PARvENU
87
PRIMACY ON THE SEAS
204
A MIGHTY SWEET BABY RISES
230
AMERICAN MODERNE
242
TURN HER UP
263
CREWING UP THE BIG SHIP
273
TRUMAN ON THE ATTACK
280
THE NEW SEA QUEEN ARRIVES
286
AVERY PAST LADY
293

MRS WILLIAM ERANGIS GIBBS
100
MALOLO
106
A GERMAN SEA MONSTER
114
DEATH BY EIRE
129
FDRS NEW NAvY
135
THE QUEEN AND THE AMERIGA
149
AEULL MEASURE 0E ToIL
164
BUILDING THE DREAM
191
A VERY PLEASING APPEARANCE
195
MASTERS OF VICTORY
313
THE HALCYON YEARS
320
TROUBLE ASHORE
335
NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
345
SECRETS TOLD 354
371
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
415
INDEX
419
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Steven Ujifusa serves on the Advisory Council of the S.S. United States Conservancy. He received his master’s degree in historic preservation and real estate from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in history from Harvard University.

Bibliographic information