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The Yard: Building A Destroyer At The Bath Iron Works

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For a century, the Bath Iron Works has been building some of the finest, dealiest ships in the U.S. Navy. But now the Maine shipyard is facing mounting competition and a pressing need to modernize, especially in the way it launches ships. No more will the great gray leviathans roar down the "ways" -- the traditional inclined ramp -- into the Kennebec River; this ancient te ...more
Published June 1st 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published 1999)
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There are few shipbuilding firms left in the United States, and Navy contracts are sometimes the only way they can stay in business. Even so, the Navy has refined its procurement procedures to transfer most of the risk to the shipbuilder. The Navy will supply the basic specifications, but the “yard” is left to design it all as one package, and there can be significant penalties for overweight ($250,000 per 10-ton increments) and for overshooting center-of-gravity (CG) height ($1.25 million per 1 ...more
A fascinating look at what it takes to build a modern warship and the people who make it happen. It's a primer on how to build a ship, a history of a shipyard fast approaching a crossroads where some time honored traditions will fade into memory and new methods and technology will revolutionize American shipbuilding, and a look at the last vestiges of a once-powerful industry.

Michael Sanders makes some very tricky concepts a lot easier to understand and introduces the reader to some people with
I jumped into this book looking for the local history since just about everyone I grew up with has worked at 'The Yard'. What i walked away with was a deep understanding of ship building and all of the technical aspects of building on such a grand scale. I reveled in the personal stories of the workers, local legends and launches. I got lost in the detailed technical descriptions of each process required to build the ships.
To me, having worked at Bath Iron Works and since I have friends and family members who are still there, this was a quite fascinating book. Since I only worked there for two summers during college, I didn't know all of the background of the Yard, nor did I know what happens in other areas. I only knew the electrical shop, which was my department. It is an interesting look into the world of Naval Ship Building-a good read all around.
Matt Caris
A somewhat dry but important look at warship building at BIW. Good breakdown of what the process, the yard, the ship, and the shipbuilders are like. Lots of small errors, but nothing that truly detracts from the story. At times a little too flag-waving, but the story is told from BIW's perspective, so understandable.
Interesting story of Bath Iron works, one of America's most famous shipyards.
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