No ordinary being :W. Starling Burgess: inventor, naval architect, poet, aviation pioneer, and master of American design : a biography /by Llewellyn Howland III.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-317342

Description

xii, 455 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm, "Few twentieth-century Americans lived a more creative, event-filled, and often conflicted life than the Boston-born aviation pioneer and yacht designer W. Starling Burgess. Orphaned at twelve, Burgess received his first patent at nineteen, left Harvard, and, following the suicide of the first of his five wives, published a book of poetry at twenty-four. Among his children was the celebrated author-artist Tasha Tudor. After launching his career as a yacht designer, Burgess built the first airplane to fly the skies of New England (in 1910) and was selected as the sole manufacturer of aircraft under the Wright Brothers' patents. He received the prestigious Collier Trophy 'for the greatest progress in aviation.' His company was a primary supplier of both civilian and military aircraft before the main factory in Marblehead burned to the ground in 1918. After World War I, Burgess returned to his first love, yacht design, drafting the lines for three successive Gloucester fishing schooners to compete against Canadian entries for the International Fishermen's Trophy--and in 1924 introduced the staysail rig on the all-but-unbeatable schooner yacht Advance. He later designed the three acclaimed America's Cup-winners: the J-Class sloops Enterprise (1930), Rainbow (1934), and Ranger (1937). In 1933, he collaborated with R. Buckminster Fuller to design and create the revolutionary Dymaxion automobile. Although an occasional morphine user (Burgess was successfully treated for chronic ulcers on the eve of World War II), he enjoyed some of his most productive years as a naval architect and inventor doing top secret anti-submarine work for the Navy and Air Force"--Provided by publisher.

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Descriptive Terms

Inventors
Naval architects
Yacht designers
Poets, American
Aeronautical engineers
Businessmen
Aeronautical engineers.
Businessmen.
Inventors.
Naval architects.
Poets, American.
Yacht designers.

Originator

Howland, Llewellyn, III.

Contents

Burgess Sons, Burgess Brothers, 1878-1891 -- Milton, Cambridge, Boston, Salem, 1892-1902 -- Salem, London, and Salem, 1902-1904 -- Burgess of Burgess & Packard, 1904-1910 -- From Kitty Hawk to Plum Island, 1910 -- Plum Island to Squantum, 1910 -- Burgess, the Wright brothers, and the Moth, 1910-1911 -- Aero and Hydro, 1911-1912 -- The creation of a lifetime, 1912-1914 -- Up in smoke, 1914-1918 -- Vanitie, 1919-1920 -- Burgess & Paine, naval architects, 1920-1923 -- Advance and retreat, 1923-1926 -- The House of Burgess/and Morgan : 1926-1927 -- Eights, 10's 12's, MS, Atlantics/and Nina, 1927-1929 -- Enterprise, 1929-1930 -- The dymaxion car, rainbow, and a pot of gold, 1930-1934 -- In the light of the sunlit town, 1934-1936 -- Ranger and the Yankee one-design, 1936-1937 -- From Birch Point to Manhattan, 1937-1939 -- Hull No. 214, Pomelion and Castle Hill, 1940-1941 -- The edible plate : 1941-1943 -- Luis de Flores and Asdevlant, 1943-1944 -- To Hoboken/and the City of Golden Towers, 1945-1947 -- Afterword -- Yachts and boats designed by W. Starling Burgess.

Description

xii, 455 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
"Few twentieth-century Americans lived a more creative, event-filled, and often conflicted life than the Boston-born aviation pioneer and yacht designer W. Starling Burgess. Orphaned at twelve, Burgess received his first patent at nineteen, left Harvard, and, following the suicide of the first of his five wives, published a book of poetry at twenty-four. Among his children was the celebrated author-artist Tasha Tudor. After launching his career as a yacht designer, Burgess built the first airplane to fly the skies of New England (in 1910) and was selected as the sole manufacturer of aircraft under the Wright Brothers' patents. He received the prestigious Collier Trophy 'for the greatest progress in aviation.' His company was a primary supplier of both civilian and military aircraft before the main factory in Marblehead burned to the ground in 1918. After World War I, Burgess returned to his first love, yacht design, drafting the lines for three successive Gloucester fishing schooners to compete against Canadian entries for the International Fishermen's Trophy--and in 1924 introduced the staysail rig on the all-but-unbeatable schooner yacht Advance. He later designed the three acclaimed America's Cup-winners: the J-Class sloops Enterprise (1930), Rainbow (1934), and Ranger (1937). In 1933, he collaborated with R. Buckminster Fuller to design and create the revolutionary Dymaxion automobile. Although an occasional morphine user (Burgess was successfully treated for chronic ulcers on the eve of World War II), he enjoyed some of his most productive years as a naval architect and inventor doing top secret anti-submarine work for the Navy and Air Force"--Provided by publisher.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-439) and index.

ISBN

9781567925265
156792526X

Call Number

Stacks CT275.B785 H68 2015

Other People and Orgs

Burgess, W. Starling (William Starling), 1878-1947.

Material Type

Biography.

Places

United States
Massachusetts Marblehead
Massachusetts
United States.