William Francis Gibbs (1886-1967) was a naval designer who was widely considered the foremost naval architect in the United States. Gibbs and his brother Francis started their own firm which was called Gibbs and Cox in 1929. During World War Two they designed 63% of all merchant ships over 2,000 tons as well as 73% of all American naval vessels. But the crowning achievement of Gibbs’ career was the design of the SS United States. During her maiden voyage in 1952 she captured the Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic averaging 35.59 knots. She remained in service from 1952 until 1969 and completed 400 problem-free voyages. Gibbs indeed was a designer of genius.