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Shipbuilding boss Homer L. Ferguson shaped yard and region

Shipbuilding boss Homer L. Ferguson shaped yard and region

Ten weeks after a German torpedo sank the British ocean liner Lusitania — killing the head of Newport News Shipbuilding and nearly 1,200 other passengers — the fallout from the deadly attack in the Celtic Sea began to shape the yard and Hampton Roads in an indelible fashion. Meeting in New York 100 years ago on July 22, 1915, the company's board elected vice-president and general manager Homer L. Ferguson as their new chief. His maverick insistence on becoming the first president of the firm to live and work in Newport News rather than New York was merely the opening move in more than three decades of far-sighted leadership — one that not only saved the...

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