“We Shall Build Good Ships Here; At A Profit If We Can, At A Loss If We Must, But Always Good Ships.” Collis Potter Huntington.

When Huntington elected to build a shipyard in 1886 to serve the world’s greatest harbor, he determined that it should be known the world over for the quality of its products. In 1916, this business philosophy was distilled by then shipyard president Homer L. Ferguson for the so-called Shipyard Monument. This specified for his shipbuilders in no uncertain terms that there should be no scrimping on the product-profit or loss should be minor considerations as long as Good Ships were the result.










Always Good Ships: Histories of Newport News Ships was originally published in 1986 for Newport News Shipbuilding’s 100th anniversary. This 125th anniversary edition incorporates some design changes, but its format is basically the same as the original.

This limited-edition book, signed and numbered by the author, is published by the Donning Company Publishers of Virginia Beach, Virginia – the largest specialty pictorial history publisher in the United States – and this publication will become the newest book in Donning’s “Portrait of America” series. This volume will not be available in bookstores.

Book Specifications:
8.5” x 11”, hard cover limited-edition, 432 pages complemented with more than 300 four-color and black and white photographs. Publishing: September 26, 2011.

Main Office Building, 1890

Main Office Building, 1890