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   Navy Yard Associates strives to provide historically accurate, high quality books and prints of the vessels of the United States Navy. The books are written by renowned Naval Historian Robert Sumrall. The ship prints are created by John Barrett, a highly respected graphic artist. Both are Navy veterans and served on several different vessels. Future plans include adding books and prints for Battleships, Submarines, Cruisers, and various other classes of vessels.

The Author: Robert F. Sumrall
Robert F. Sumrall has an extensive background in naval architecture and marine engineering. He is the author of Sumner-Gearing Class Destroyers and Iowa Class Battleships published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press. His other writings include over twenty technical/historical monographs of U.S. Naval vessels for three other publishers and articles for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Conway's History of the Ship, Conway's Warship, and other similar journals. He served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve from 1947 until his retirement, as a Chief Petty Officer, from the USS Iowa in 1990. In addition to the Iowa, he served in eight destroyers, two destroyer escorts, two submarine tenders, one minesweeper, and two patrol craft. He is the assistant Director and Curator of Ship Models at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. He is responsible for the Academy's world renown Henry Huddleston Rogers Collection of 17th and 18th century dockyard models. Except for various periods of active duty he has been with the museum since 1970. Bob has been a member of the board of directors of Tin Can Sailors the National Association of Destroyer Veterans since 1996. As a board member he serves on the Destroyer Museum Grant Committee, as the Archivist, and manages the association's technical library. If you wish to contact him you can reach him by e-mail at
The Artist: John R. Barrett
John R. Barrett has been a graphic illustrator for over thirty five years. Considered by many to be one of the foremost naval ship illustrators in the world he is certainly the finest digital illustrator in the field. He is the illustrator of the Tin Can Sailors series of data-type books and other full-sized books by Robert F. Sumrall. He served in the U.S. Navy between 1960 and 1964. Completing his recruit training at Great Lakes, Illinois he was assigned to the Jacksonville Naval Air Station as a storekeeper. Changing his rate to gunners mate, he finished his naval service aboard the USS William R. Rush (DD-714) home ported at Mayport, Florida. He studied illustration during 1967 at the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, a school founded by Norman Rockwell, and began his career as a graphic illustrator upon completion. In 1970 he opened his own studio in Annapolis, Maryland specializing commercial illustration. In 1981 he became the manager of the Graphics Section for Black & Decker's International Household Products Division. He began his freelance career as a naval illustrator in 1991. John is been a lifetime member of Tin Can Sailors the National Association of Destroyer Veterans. He has done numerous illustrations, maps, and charts for the TIN CAN SAILOR the quarterly publication of the National Association of Destroyer veterans. If you wish to contact him you can reach him by e-mail at
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