AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 203
ing the then existing plants and reporting to the Secretary of the Navy its findings, as to the desirability of having the United States construct, own, and operate its own armor- plate plant. This Board visited numerous steel companies of the country and urged that I help them as an expert. I had previously suggested some other engineers to serve them, but they insisted on my taking up this work. This I did, and after about three or four months of strenuous work, in connection with which I employed several engineers and draftsmen, I turned over to the Secretary of the Navy detailed plans and specifications and estimates of cost for the proposed plant. This in tum was reported to Congress at its next session. After consideration, the Government decided not to build the plant.