Gibbs and His United States
Commander Louis D. Chirillo, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Regarding Paul Stillwell’s description of William Francis Gibbs in the February issue (“Looking Back,” p. 6), early in 1956 I was assigned planning responsibilities in Boston Naval Shipyard for ship construction and conversions. The yard was then building the first of a class of amphibious ships, the Suffolk County (LST-1176). As part of my indoctrination I visited the design firm Gibbs & Cox, which was then located near Manhattan’s Downtown Athletic Club. After presenting the design status, the project manager led me to the drafting room for the purpose of introducing me to the drafting supervisors. Upon entering, I instantly acquired a Dickensian perspective of an establishment in 19th-century England.