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Photographs of Model of Machinery of USS "Fletcher" DD 445-Class Destroyers. Model Constructed by Gibbs & Cox, Inc., to a Scale of 1 1/2" to 1 Foot.


Editorial: Gibbs & Cox, New York, 1942
Librería: Nat DesMarais Rare Books, ABAA (Portland, OR, Estados Unidos de America)

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Oblong quarto. Title page date of February 15, 1942. Fifty-nine original photographs of engine sections. 10 x 8 1/4 inches. Each photograph bears a tipped-on description of the following photograph on its recto (e.g.: "No. 39: View taken from the Port Side, #2 Fireroom, , Lower Level at Frame #119 Showing Front of Boiler #4, F.O. Service and Soot Blower Piping'). All photographs backed with linen and bound on stubs. Original binding of quarter black cloth over greenish boards, black cover lettering. On the front cover there is written in red-"Handle with care! Do not remove." An outstanding photograph album that serves the needs of both history and art.Gibbs & Cox is a U.S. naval architecture firm that specializes in designing surface warships. Founded in 1922 in New York City, Gibbs & Cox is now headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The firm has offices in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Hampton, Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Adelaide, Australia. In 2003, more than 150 ships on active duty in nearly 20 navies around the globe, including 60 percent of the U.S. Navy's surface combatant fleet, were built to the firm's designs. The Gibbs & Cox Company maintained an extensive model workshop adjacent to their offices in New York City. Between about 1939 and 1962 their model shop made a limited number of models, primarily of ships. The U.S. Navy commissioned about 20 major models of its latest warships. Most of the models were ordered during World War II, but were not completed until after the war. Some model builders and curators believe that Gibbs & Cox models are, arguably, the very finest examples of the steel ship modelers art ever to be seen. The United States Navy owns most of the models.This album is a contemporaneous photographic display of the model engine spaces of one of their most important and history-laden ships.The name "Fletcher Class" is almost synonymous with the word "destroyer" when used in the context of World War II. This outstanding class was the largest class of destroyers ever built with 175 hulls being commissioned. Started by DD-445 "USS Fletcher" whose hull was laid down at Kearny, NY in October 1941, the last ship in the class was DD-804 "USS Rooks" - commissioned in September, 1944. The Fletcher Class was one of the pre-eminent destroyer classes of all time and the mainstay of the WWII destroyer fleet. They were the largest destroyers of their day (over 900 tons heavier than the Gleaves class, standard weight) and were the first destroyers equipped with radar. This huge class of ships performed every kind of duty in every theatre of WWII and - after the war - served with many nations including the United States.Also included are six loose photographs of the same type but for the model of the engine spaces of the DD692 Class. All with captions on the rectos. N° de ref. de la librería 71121

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Título: Photographs of Model of Machinery of USS "...

Editorial: Gibbs & Cox, New York

Año de publicación: 1942

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