Merville Willis was head naval architect at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation of Camden, New Jersey, from 1955 to 1967 and at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Chester, Pennsylvania, from 1972 to 1981. Willis was also an historian of ships and shipbuilding, and for many years he was a volunteer at the Philadelphia Maritime Museum (Independence Seaport Museum).
USS Oliver Cromwell was an American man of war that saw action during the Revolutionary War under the command of David Hawley (1776) and Harmon Courter (1777). In 1777, the ship was captured by the British ship HMS Beaver and sent to Antigua.
Research of Merville Willis on USS Oliver Cromwell, and materials documenting the building of a model of Oliver Cromwell. The collection also includes a small amount of ephemera related to launchings and commissioning ceremonies for other ships.
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