Capt. Richards T. Miller Papers, 1945, 1994

Manuscript Collection #875

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Capt. Richards T. Miller Papers
    Creator: Miller, Richards Thorn, Capt., USN [Ret.]
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1945, 1994) of a US naval officer including an autobiographical sketch entitled Trains, Planes and Boats: A Memoir [and Genealogy of Richards Thorn Miller], 1918 - 1994, by Capt. Richards Thorn Miller, USN (Ret.) (1945); also an historical account of his World War II service in the Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USNR Annapolis, Maryland, prepared by LCDR Richards T. Miller, USNR, November 1945. Photocopy carbon typescript & Typescript.
    Extent: 0.014 Cubic feet, 2 items; 37 p. ,
  • Description
     

    Capt. Richards T. Miller Papers consists of two documents, arranged in two series:

    Series I: Trains, Planes, and Boats: A Memoir, 1918-1994 [1994] by Capt. Richards T. Miller, U.S.N. [Ret.] Typescript. This document is a brief typescript providing genealogical accounts of Miller’s ancestry. It was written at the request of his daughter and includes a short paragraph describing the genesis of the memoir and the passions that inspired him.

    Series II: Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN [United States Navy] Annapolis, Maryland, History Prepared by LCDR [Lieutenant Commander]. Richards T. Miller, USNR [United States Naval Reserve] November 1945. This document consists of a photocopy of a carbon typescript written by Miller to provide an historical account of his activities and responsibilities in the Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, in the Annapolis region during World War II. It includes photocopies of photographic prints of the various ship types built under his supervision. It also includes lists of officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel who served in the office, including their ranks and dates of service. It also includes lists of British and Soviet naval personnel who visited Annapolis to take possession of ships constructed there.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Capt. Richards Thorn Miller was born 31 January 1918, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. His father, Herman Geistweit Miller (1894 – 1941), was a chemical engineer, who became the Washington, D.C., manager of the Warren – Ehret Roofing Company and won many government contracts during the New Deal era. His mother was Helen Thorn Miller.

    Miller spent his early life in Jenkintown and Washington, D.C., where he graduated from high school in 1935. He then attended the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, graduating in 1940, with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. In 1951, he earned a masters in naval engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Upon graduation from Webb Institute, Miller was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and called to active duty in September 1940. During WWII he served as assistant hull superintendent, on the battleships IOWA and MISSOURI during their construction at the New York Naval Shipyard in 1940 - 1941. From 1941 through the conclusion of the war, Miller served as assistant supervisor of shipbuilding, in Annapolis. It was his job to inspect construction work on submarine chasers, patrol torpedo boats, and various small boats being built in ten shipyard yards in the vicinity. It was this work he described in Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding (1945).

    Miller transferred to the regular Navy US after World War II, rising to the rank of captain in 1960, and served until he retired in 1968. He was a member (honorary) of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941. Miller rose to the rank of captain in 1960. During his career, Miller served in both design and engineering departments. He specialized in designing oceanographic research ships, mine sweepers, torpedo boats, and destroyers. He continued to work as a naval engineer after his retirement in 1968, working for Oceanic Division of Westinghouse Electrical Corporation. He also provided consulting services.

    In 1965, Miller published Sailing Yacht Design which he wrote with R. G. [Robert Goldsborough] Henry, Jr. In 1968, the US Navy awarded him the Legion of Merit for his ship design work. He was the co-founder of the Chesapeake Bay Sailing Yacht Symposia in 1974.

    Miller was married twice. He was married to Jean Corbat Spear from 13 September 1941 until her death in 1983. They had two children: Patricia (Mrs. Charles G. Fishburn), and Linda (Mrs. John X. Carrier). Following Jean’s death, Miller married Alice Johnson Houghton, on 19 May 1984, who survived him.

    Miller died 7 December 2013, in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 95 years old.

    Sources:

    Capt. Richards T. Miller Obituary. Tributes website. https://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Richards-T.-Miller-97306915

    Captain Richards T. Miller Collection (MS 86) Guide to the Manuscript Collection Contents, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland website: http://www.cbmm.org/pdf/CBMM%20Manuscript%20Collections%20Listing.pdf

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    July 3, 2002, 2 items, 0.014 cubic feet, 37 pages; Writings (1945, ca. 1994) including "Trains, Planes and Boats: A Memoir [and Genealogy of Richards Thorn Miller], 1918 - 1994," by Capt. Richards T. Miller, USN (Ret.) (Manuscript Typescript, 7 p.), ca. 1994; and "Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN Annapolis, Maryland History," prepared by LCmdr. Richards T. Miller, USNR, November 1945. Donor: Capt. Richards T. Miller (US Navy Ret.).

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Capt. Richards T. Miller (US Navy ret.)

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Capt. Richards T. Miller Papers (#875), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services, March 2002; Preliminary inventory by intern Thomas Hall, 7/3/2018; Processing completed by Jonathan Dembo, 5/17/2019

Container List

  • Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN [United States Navy] Annapolis, Maryland: History Prepared by LCDR [Lieutenant Commander]. Richards T. Miller, U.S.N.R. [United States Naval Reserve] November 1945.
     

    • Box 1
       
      • Folder b
         
        Title Page (Page 1). (item )
        Section I: Organizing and Administration (April 1941 - June 1942) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 2-4. (item )
        Section II: Inspection (1942 - 1944) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 4- 5. (item )
        Section III: Facilities (undated) Photocopy carbon typescript. Page 5. (item )
        Section IV: Production Control and Expediting (undated) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 5-6. (item )
        Section V: Contracts and Costs (1941 - November 1945) Photocopy carbon typescript. Page 7. (item )
        Appendix A: [Construction and Financial Status] (1 April 1941 - 2 July 1945) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 8-12. (item )
        Appendix B: Officer Personnel (April 1941 - June 1943) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 13 - 14. (item )
        Appendix C: Civilian Personnel (30 June 1941 - 15 November 1945). Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 15 -19. (item )
        Appendix D: Prospective Commanding Officers on Duty at Supervisor's Office (December 1941 - 11 July 1944) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 20-21. (item )
        Appendix E: British Officers & Personnel on Duty at Supervisor's Office (May 1942 - December 1943) Photocopy carbon typescript. Page 22. (item )
        Appendix F: Russian Officers & Personnel on Duty at Supervisor's Office (July 1944 - October 1945) Photocopy carbon typescript. Page 23. (item )
        Appendix G: Sponsors: Annapolis Yacht Yard, Inc. (1 February 1942 - 29 September 1945) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 24-26. (item )
        Portrait (November 1945) of Officer Personnel, Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN, Annapolis, Maryland History. From left to right: Financial officer Lt. R. L. Peters; Material officers Lt. K. B. Millet; Asst. Supervisor, Hull Tech. & Ordnance officer, LCDR R. T. Miller; Supervisor of Shipbuilding Capt. H. M. Cooley; Supply officer in charge Supply Ship Warehouse Lt. L. Q. Brictson; Engineering & Electrical officer LCDR C. J. Weithman; Res. Asst. Supply Ship, Annapolis Yacht Yard Lt. S. A. Seniska; Res. Asst. Supply Ship, Owens Yacht Company Lt. T. W. Elberson. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 27 (item )
        Portrait (November 1945) of Civilian Personnel, Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN, Annapolis, Maryland History. From left to right, back row to front row: Shipbuilding Inspectors George M. Barr; ? Horace Godwin Stevenson; Supervisor of Shipbuilding Capt. H. M. Cooley; ?, ?, ?; Sheldon F. Potter; Clerk Stenographers Ruby L. Hagood; Winifred Kirk; Alys S. Carlson; May Ann Lee; and ? Photocopy of photographic print on Page 28. (item )
        View (undated) of 110' Subchaser-PC 522. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 29. (item )
        View (undated) of 6 BPT's [Boat Patrol Torpedo] Nearing Completion. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 30. (item )
        View (1942) of BPT-21 at Launching. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 31. (item )
        Deck View [facing aft] (undated) of BPT-21. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 32. (item )
        Portrait (1942) of group ready to take BPT-21 to New London, CT for torpedo trials. From left to right: ?, Henry Giles; Connie Clayton; ?, ?, R.T. Miller; M. EriK Almen, Roy Foyle, ??, Ed Roberts, Lt. K. A. Cradock-Hartopp, RN; ??, Capt. Cole, ? Photocopy of photographic print on Page 33. (item )
        Vew (undated) of BPT-66 with British bow number [376] after delivery to British crew. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 34. (item )
        View (undated) of Russian PT [Patrol Torpedo Boat passing under the George Washington Bridge] on delivery trip to New York by A.Y.Y. [Annapolis Yacht Yard] crew. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 35. (item )
        View (undated) of 36-foot Aircraft Rescue Boat at high speed. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 36. (item )
        Views of four boats: 33-foot Plane Re-arming Boat[ 24-foot Plane Personnel Boat; 36-foot Landing Craft [LCVP]; 45-foot Picket Boat. Photocopy of 4 photographic prints on Page 37. (item )

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Container List

  • Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN [United States Navy] Annapolis, Maryland: History Prepared by LCDR [Lieutenant Commander]. Richards T. Miller, U.S.N.R. [United States Naval Reserve] November 1945.
     

    • Box 1
       
      • Folder b
         
        Title Page (Page 1). (item )
        Section I: Organizing and Administration (April 1941 - June 1942) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 2-4. (item )
        Section II: Inspection (1942 - 1944) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 4- 5. (item )
        Section III: Facilities (undated) Photocopy carbon typescript. Page 5. (item )
        Section IV: Production Control and Expediting (undated) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 5-6. (item )
        Section V: Contracts and Costs (1941 - November 1945) Photocopy carbon typescript. Page 7. (item )
        Appendix A: [Construction and Financial Status] (1 April 1941 - 2 July 1945) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 8-12. (item )
        Appendix B: Officer Personnel (April 1941 - June 1943) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 13 - 14. (item )
        Appendix C: Civilian Personnel (30 June 1941 - 15 November 1945). Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 15 -19. (item )
        Appendix D: Prospective Commanding Officers on Duty at Supervisor's Office (December 1941 - 11 July 1944) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 20-21. (item )
        Appendix E: British Officers & Personnel on Duty at Supervisor's Office (May 1942 - December 1943) Photocopy carbon typescript. Page 22. (item )
        Appendix F: Russian Officers & Personnel on Duty at Supervisor's Office (July 1944 - October 1945) Photocopy carbon typescript. Page 23. (item )
        Appendix G: Sponsors: Annapolis Yacht Yard, Inc. (1 February 1942 - 29 September 1945) Photocopy carbon typescript. Pages 24-26. (item )
        Portrait (November 1945) of Officer Personnel, Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN, Annapolis, Maryland History. From left to right: Financial officer Lt. R. L. Peters; Material officers Lt. K. B. Millet; Asst. Supervisor, Hull Tech. & Ordnance officer, LCDR R. T. Miller; Supervisor of Shipbuilding Capt. H. M. Cooley; Supply officer in charge Supply Ship Warehouse Lt. L. Q. Brictson; Engineering & Electrical officer LCDR C. J. Weithman; Res. Asst. Supply Ship, Annapolis Yacht Yard Lt. S. A. Seniska; Res. Asst. Supply Ship, Owens Yacht Company Lt. T. W. Elberson. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 27 (item )
        Portrait (November 1945) of Civilian Personnel, Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN, Annapolis, Maryland History. From left to right, back row to front row: Shipbuilding Inspectors George M. Barr; ? Horace Godwin Stevenson; Supervisor of Shipbuilding Capt. H. M. Cooley; ?, ?, ?; Sheldon F. Potter; Clerk Stenographers Ruby L. Hagood; Winifred Kirk; Alys S. Carlson; May Ann Lee; and ? Photocopy of photographic print on Page 28. (item )
        View (undated) of 110' Subchaser-PC 522. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 29. (item )
        View (undated) of 6 BPT's [Boat Patrol Torpedo] Nearing Completion. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 30. (item )
        View (1942) of BPT-21 at Launching. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 31. (item )
        Deck View [facing aft] (undated) of BPT-21. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 32. (item )
        Portrait (1942) of group ready to take BPT-21 to New London, CT for torpedo trials. From left to right: ?, Henry Giles; Connie Clayton; ?, ?, R.T. Miller; M. EriK Almen, Roy Foyle, ??, Ed Roberts, Lt. K. A. Cradock-Hartopp, RN; ??, Capt. Cole, ? Photocopy of photographic print on Page 33. (item )
        Vew (undated) of BPT-66 with British bow number [376] after delivery to British crew. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 34. (item )
        View (undated) of Russian PT [Patrol Torpedo Boat passing under the George Washington Bridge] on delivery trip to New York by A.Y.Y. [Annapolis Yacht Yard] crew. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 35. (item )
        View (undated) of 36-foot Aircraft Rescue Boat at high speed. Photocopy of photographic print on Page 36. (item )
        Views of four boats: 33-foot Plane Re-arming Boat[ 24-foot Plane Personnel Boat; 36-foot Landing Craft [LCVP]; 45-foot Picket Boat. Photocopy of 4 photographic prints on Page 37. (item )


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