A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 5, 1954

Dear TIME reader

TIME Researcher Mary Elizabeth ("Liz") Fremd walked up to the huge new ship still abuilding at the Newport News shipyards. At her side as they approached the superliner United States was a sturdy gentleman in a blue suit. A guard stopped them: no women allowed on board. "Oh, that's all right," blandly quipped Miss Fremd's escort. "She's my wife." The guard looked puzzled: "And who are you?" "I," said the gentleman, "am the captain of this ship."

Thus, with the good-humored help of Commodore Harry Manning, Researcher Fremd became the first woman...

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