A Man and His Ship

A Man and His Ship

America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451645071
Characteristics: x, 437 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Aug 13, 2012

I sailed back from Europe at the age of ten in 1963 on the SS United States, after a family trip of a lifetime for 2 months. This was a magnificent ship, even in tourist class. What made it more exciting was we sailed through the worst storm since D-Day on the North Atlantic---that's what a crewmember told my ex-Marine Pacific veteran Dad as we approached New York. Which gave me a healthy respect for seasickness! The ship is now in drydock in Philadelphia, awaiting funds to be restored---look at ssusconservancy@gmail.com to contribute to save this great American symbol.

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