Happy Ending

Like a horse whose race was run and won, the speedy Bethlehem shipyard on Hingham Bay, 17 miles from Boston Common, was coasting to a stop. It had had a short life, and a happy one.

Hingham was born late, when other New England yards had drained off all the skilled labor in sight. On February 19, 1942, its ground-breaking day, the 140-acre site contained an archery course, a bumpy little airport. The rambling grey buildings of the new yard were still going up when the first LCI keel was laid.

But by that...

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