Andrew Jackson Higgins.|
A native of Nebraska (and a 1906 graduate of Creighton University in Omaha), A. J. Higgins came south in the early part of the last century with the lumber business. He founded Higgins Industries in 1930 and built boats, planes, engines, radios, and more. In 1936 he designed the Eureka boat which became popular among oil drillers and trappers in coastal Louisiana. Three years later the U.S. Marine Corps adopted the vessel for use as a landing craft. Higgins adapted the shallow draft design of the Eureka boat into a number of additional uses including PT boats and the famous boats used by the Allied forces to land troops and equipment on beaches in the Pacific and Atlantic theatres and, most famously, on Normandy. Under his guidance Higgins Industries grew to be the most important war industry in the city of New Orleans. Its boats were important world-wide. Andrew Higgins died in New Orleans in 1952. For more on the man and his business, see Jerry Strahan's Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats that Won World War II (LSU Press, 1994).
[from January-March, 1944 (p. 39)]
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