April 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

SNAME New York Section Hears Paper Describing World War II Battleships

At the February meeting of the New York Metropolitan Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the members were treated to an interesting presentation on the design and construction of World War II U.S. Navy capital ships.

The meeting was held at the Buttonwood Restaurant, located in lower Manhattan, New York.

Section chairman Arnold M. Stein presided and welcomed Rear Adm.

L.V. Honsinger, USN (ret.), past president of the Society, to the meeting. Mr. Stein also presented a certificate of recognition for outstanding contributions to the field of naval architecture to John C. Neidermair. Mr. Neidermair played a major role in the design of naval ships during World War II and the postwar era. Mr.

Neidermair was ill and the certificate was accepted on his behalf by Admiral Honsinger.

The paper, entitled "United States Navy Capital Ship Design and Construction During World War II," was presented by the co-authors, Robert O. Dulin Jr., manager, Programs Management Department, John J. McMullen Associates, Inc., and William H.

Garzke Jr., supervisor, Systems Analysis Department, Gibbs & Cox, Inc. The paper described the basic characteristics of World War II American capital ships, with emphasis on their major technical attributes. These ships were compared and evaluated to similar foreign ships.

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