Rodney Watterson s excellent 32 in 44 illustrates the value of the public option in high-tech shipbuilding. As the Navy s own shipyard, Portsmouth provided greater control over the design and production of wartime submarines, while competition with Electric Boat drove both shipyards to outstanding production rates. This effort produced innovations in business and fabrication practice that carried over into the Cold War. ---Gary E. Weir, Chief Historian, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and author of Forged in War: The Naval Industrial Complex and American Submarine Construction, 1940-1961
Rodney Watterson brings a rare blend of qualifications and experience in producing this book on the World War II submarine building era at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. As a career submarine officer, he was stationed twice at the yard during the postwar period, thus enabling him to provide personal insights and familiarity with its operation. . . . This informative book is worthy of its place on the shelves of every American naval history enthusiast and scholar. ---Richard E. Winslow III, author of Portsmouth-Built: Submarines of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
32 in 44 is a careful study of the amazing efforts made at the Portsmouth Navy Yard to build much-needed submarines for the U.S. Navy. Rodney Watterson's incisive analysis of the yard's management style, labor processes, and manufacturing methods provides a valuable perspective on an important aspect of the colossal American war effort. ---Christopher Tassava, Carleton College
About the Author
Rodney K. Watterson, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and MIT, was involved with shipyards and submarines throughout his thirty-year naval career. A resident of Hampton, NH, he holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of New Hampshire.