William A. Fox, born in Newport News during World War II, is the naval architect whose research helped to restore Newport News Shipbuilding’s first hull, the iron tugboat Dorothy of 1892. Mr. Fox grew up in Newport News and received his BSME from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1965. He later received his Master’s degree in Urban Studies from Old Dominion University in 1979. He worked for Newport News Shipbuilding, for Esso (Exxon) International in New York, Italy and Spain; for Stanwick International in Iran and for Alion / JJMA in Newport News before retiring in 2006. Starting with an article on ship modeling for a Time-Life craft series in 1974, he wrote Always Good Ships: Histories of Newport News Ships (1986 and 2011), Downtown Newport News (2010), and The James River (2015). He also co-edited A Half Century of Maritime Technology: 1943-1993 for SNAME in 1993 and edited Chesapeake Sailing Craft: Recollections of Robert H. Burgess in 2005. Mr. Fox is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a Fellow of SNAME and an Honorary Fellow of the SAWE. He is honored to have been chosen to write this history of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School.