32 in '44: Building the Portsmouth Submarine Fleet in World War II

32 in '44: Building the Portsmouth Submarine Fleet in World War II

by Rodney K. Watterson

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32 in '44: Building the Portsmouth Submarine Fleet in World War II by Rodney K. Watterson

In the 1930s, the Portsmouth Navy Yard in New Hampshire built less than two submarines a year, yet in 1944 it completed an astonishing 32 submarines, and over the course of the war produced 37 per cent of all U.S. submarines. This book analyzes the factors behind the small yard s record-setting production, including streamlined operations, innovative management practices, the Navy s commitment to develop the yard s resources as an alternative to private industry, and the yard s ability to adapt quickly to a decentralized wartime shipbuilding environment.

The author highlights similarities between Portsmouth s efforts to accelerate production and those of private shipyards. He concludes that private shipyards deviated little from construction plans, while at Portsmouth a continuing dialogue with the Navy resulted in design changes dictated by feedback from the frontlines.

Established on 12 June 1800 during the administration of President John Adams, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the oldest continuously operating shipyard in the United States Navy. 32 in '44, analyzes the factors behind the yard's record setting submarine production that made such a significant contribution to the winning of the war.

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ISBN-13: 9781612510415
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 198
File size: 2 MB

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32 in '44 Building the Portsmouth Submarine Fleet in WWII 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Deb-H More than 1 year ago
It's a bit of a dry read as there are a lot of facts. However, for someone like me who worked at the shipyard for 39 years, it was very interesting. Both of my grandfathers, several uncles, & my mother-in-law were all working at the shipyard during 1944. I attended an author discussion, filled with current & former shipyarders, where we all spent an enjoyable hour or so discussing the research that went into writing this book.