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30 April 2008

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Wesley Parish

FWIW, I picked up a book on the Liberty Ship, "The Liberty Ship in Peacetime", at the local city library the other day and browsed the front part of it. The reason why the Liberty ship was such a successful program was the rigid adherence to standards, that allowed factories somewhere else to build the accommodation quarters for example, and send them to the dockyards, where they could be fitted to the hulls with the minimum of hassle. It was quite an eye-opener. The other major contribution standardisation made to that conflict that I was aware of, was the improvement that Packard made when licensing the building of the Merlin engine. Rolls Royce were apparently somewhat haphazard. ;) Among the greatest aero-engines in the world, and batches differed such that they and their repairs couldn't be easily interchanged.

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