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

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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Main Author: Ujifusa, Steven.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition:1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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Table of 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.