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Thursday, August 16, 2012

A SHIP FOR ALL SEASONS [BRITISH "OCEAN" DESIGN]

Adapting the British “Ocean” design for the Liberty’s to American standards required some effort. To ensure that the conversion went smoothly and efficiently, the Maritime Commission called on the firm of Gibbs and Cox in New York, the naval architects who had done such a superb job on the original designs of the SS America, the great luxury liner that was known as America’s Ship of State. Their modifications gave a ship suited to the requirements of the times. The simplicity of their design facilitated the prefabrication process and welding.

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