William M. Nicholson Oral History Interview

February 8, 1999
Oral History #OH0177
Lennon, Donald R.; Nicholson, William M.
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0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.5 hours, 39 pages
Preferred Citation
William M. Nicholson Oral History Interview (#OH0177), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Captain Nicholson was a naval engineer, who was deeply involved in ship design, hydrofoil development, and submarine projects. He discusses his status as a member of the 23 Club of the USNA Class of 1941, postgraduate school, duty with the Bureau of Ships, and analysis of war damage as a factor in ship design. He comments on duty at Mare Island and MIT, assignments to the USS OREGON CITY, the USS PHILIPPINE CITY, and the Boston Shipyard. He relates mine sweeping experiences, the development of free-flooding, swimmer-propelled submarines, hydrofoil development, experiences as a professor of Naval Construction at MIT, and deep submergence systems.

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Gift of William M. Nicholson

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Key terms
Personal Names
Nicholson, William M.
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--History
United States. Navy Department. Bureau of Ships
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
United States. Navy. Construction Corps
World War, 1939-1945