The Birth of the LST: The Ship that Controlled the Destinies of the Allies in WWII

When:  Sep 28, 2021 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Hampton Roads Section

The presentation tells the story of transatlantic cooperation in naval architecture during WWII.  British naval architects invented the original idea of the Landing Ship Tank (LST), and then worked hand-in-hand with American naval architects to bring the concept to fruition.   The LST proved to be the key, not only to re-taking Europe, but also the Pacific campaign that brought the war to a close.   The story of the LST has important lessons for the current Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program.


Larrie D. Ferreiro is a naval architect and historian.  He is author of Ships and Science: The Birth of Naval Architecture in the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1800, and Bridging the Seas: The Rise of Naval Architecture in the Industrial Age, 1800-2000, both published under MIT Press.  He is the 2017 Pulitzer finalist for History, for his book Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It.  He received his PhD in the History of Science, Technology and Engineering from Imperial College London, and received his graduate and undergraduate degrees in naval architecture from (respectively) University College London and University of Michigan.  He teaches history and engineering at George Mason University in Virginia and the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He has been a naval architect and systems engineer for over forty years in the US Navy, US Coast Guard and Department of Defense, and was an exchange naval architect in the French Navy. He lives with his wife and their sons in Virginia.

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