Harper Collins, Jun 5, 2001 - History - 272 pages
For a century, the Bath Iron Works has been building some of the finest, dealiest ships in the U.S. Navy. But now the Maine shipyard is facing mounting competition and a pressing need to modernize, especially in the way it launches ships. No more will the great gray leviathans roar down the "ways" -- the traditional inclined ramp -- into the Kennebec River; this ancient technology will give way to the modern dry dock.
The Yard captures this moment of change and the end of an era, as old ways give way to new, through the eyes of the workers as they build and launch a U.S. Navy destroyer. From the first cutting of steel to the destroyer's triumphant commisioning, Michael Sanders chronicles the complex evolution of a ship coming into being -- and the incredible world in which it happens. It is a world rich in danger, humor, and lore, one filled with uncertainty, hope, and not a little fear of change as this venerable company fights against steep odds to find its place in a new world.
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Review: The Yard: Building A Destroyer At The Bath Iron WorksUser Review - Matt Caris - Goodreads
A somewhat dry but important look at warship building at BIW. Good breakdown of what the process, the yard, the ship, and the shipbuilders are like. Lots of small errors, but nothing that truly ... Read full review
Review: The Yard: Building A Destroyer At The Bath Iron WorksUser Review - Paul - Goodreads
A fascinating look at what it takes to build a modern warship and the people who make it happen. It's a primer on how to build a ship, a history of a shipyard fast approaching a crossroads where some ... Read full review