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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sarcher - LibraryThing
I bought this book because every time I pass through Bath the shipyard takes up an enormous portion of the view. It is a slice of working industrial history. The location is miles from the ocean and ... Read full review
THE YARD: Building a Destroyer at the Bath Iron WorksUser Review - Kirkus
An unhurried, meticulous, character-rich portrait of the Bath Iron Works, where the navy's destroyers are built, is the subject of Maine writer Sanders's first book. The massive complex of ways ... Read full review