William Francis Gibbs, already rich in achievements, rang up another. He had gone to Washington with a reputation. Last week he resigned, reputation intact.

Head of the biggest U.S. naval architecture firm (75% of all U.S. ships, merchant and naval), designer of the method of mass-producing Liberty ships, nine months ago Gibbs was drafted by WPB to head up the country's cargo shipbuilding program. Dour Designer Gibbs unwillingly went to Washington. There he ran head-on into the Maritime Commission which, with an eye on a postwar merchant marine (TIME, Aug. 23), had...

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