2. A Man and His Ship
William Francis Gibbs was an American original. Forced to drop out of Harvard following his family’s sudden financial ruin, he overcame debilitating shyness and a lack of formal training to become the visionary creator of some of the finest ships in history. At the peak of his power, in the 1940s and 1950s, Gibbs was considered America’s top naval architect. His quest to build the finest, fastest and most beautiful ocean liner of his time, United States, was a topic of national fascination. When completed in 1952, the ship was hailed as a technological masterpiece at a time when “made in America” meant the best.
A Man and His Ship