|Author Robert F. Sumrall draws upon an extensive
knowledge of naval architecture and marine engineering garnered from early
employment at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., a naval architectural
firm, and two marine engine manufacturers. He studied mechanical engineering
at Chicago Technical College, Chicago, Illinois, naval architecture at
the University of Virginia, Newport News; and museum studies at George
Washington University, Washington, D.C.
In 2006, Sumrall retired as the Assistant Director and Curator of Ship Models at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum after thirty-six years. He is a professional model builder widely known for his sailing and steel-navy ship models. A retired chief petty officer, he served more than forty years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve retiring from active duty aboard the USS Iowa (BB-61) in 1990.
Sumrall is the author of Iowa-Class Battleships and Sumner-Gearing-Class Destroyers published by the Naval Institute Press and has written and illustrated a number of articles for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and other naval publications. He has also authored a number ship’s data books and articles that have appeared in a variety of publications.
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