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Niedermair, John Charles (1893-1982)

Naval Architect


Based on six interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from June 1975 through April 1976. The volume contains 349 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1978 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


Among the most noted U.S. naval architects of this century, Mr. Niedermair gained early recognition for his role in the salvage of the submarines S-51 and S-4 during the 1920s. He was an expert in the design and stability of merchant ships. Particularly noteworthy was his long service in the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships in the area of preliminary design. He was involved in the design of many types of ships and is credited with the conception and development of the tank landing ship (LST), a workhorse vessel in World War II.


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