A Man and His Ship

A Man and His Ship

America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. 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, c2012
Description: x, 437 p., [16] p. of plates : ports., facsims., photos, front. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781451645071
1451645074
Branch Call Number: 623.8092 Gib

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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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