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terminals, well-known bridges and more recently, the Arctic Ocean
Terminal at Prudhoe Bay, Alas- ka. Professor Gerwick is a grad- uate of the University of Cali- fornia at Berkeley.
Mr. Peterson, recipient of the
Land Medal, is an active Society member, giving freely of his time and resources as chairman of the Ship Production Committee, which administers this year a projected $4.5 million in ship- building research funds. The com- pany of which he is president, has expanded greatly under his direction, and today Peterson
Builders, Inc. is a successful builder of many types of small to medium-size vessels, out of a wide range of structural mate- rials. Mr. Peterson is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.
Mr. Rohde, recipient of the
David W. Taylor Medal, spent al- most 40 years in the industrial and marine steam turbine divi- sion of General Electric in Lynn,
Mass., and was responsible for outstanding contributions to the advancement of steam turMne de- sign for application to marine propulsion. He has been inti- mately involved in the develop- ment of main and auxiliary ma- chinery for ships of every class and description, both naval and merchant. Mr. Rohde is a gradu- ate of the University of Michigan.
The main address at the dinner was given by Navy Secretary
John Lehman, who called for "greater degree of harmony and mutual agreement between in- dustry, labor, the administration, and Congress, among the sepa- rate agencies of the government possessing maritime responsibil- ities, and between the shipowners and shipbuilders."
Navy Secretary John F. Lehman Jr., de- livering the main address to the 1,700 persons gathered at the Hilton Hotel ballroom.
He not only suggested that
SNAME was in an "excellent po- sition to be a leader in this move- ment," but also urged them to look abroad to "learn novel ship- building techniques" because "there is much we can learn" and because "we can no longer as- sume that we're the best or first in this important global indus- try."
If a strong U.S. merchant fleet isn't developed it threatens to become not the "fourth arm of defense," but a "strategic missing link," he said.
The administration was aware of the "great difficulty" facing shipbuilders now and "we are do- ing our best to help. In the final analysis, though, we are all ulti- mately responsible for our own survival, and it is for this reason that I commend the efforts of the industry to form a coalition, and to devise a strategy for success."
The 1970s, he added, was a decade of ominous naval and mar- itime trends. This current decade may well be our final chance—the last call for U.S. maritime su- periority.
Apart from a general descrip- tion of the administration's plans for a 600-ship fleet by the dec- ade's end, Mr. Lehman didn't mention any specifics due from or being undertaken in Wash- ington.
At the President's Luncheon, held on November 19, the follow- ing awards were presented.
The Captain Joseph H. Linnard
Prize for 1981 was presented to
Helge Johannessen and Knut T.
Skarr for their paper "Guidelines (continued on page 38)
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