Vincent Strong, who is acknowledged to be the greatest living ship-designer, is terribly jealous of his reputation. He is considerably annoyed when his brother apprentices his son to him and asks him to make him as great as himself. Nonetheless he takes Carl into his office and gives him every opportunity to learn. Before long Vincent Strong realizes that Carl is determined to be as great a craftsman as himself, if not greater. He becomes uncontrollably jealous, the more so when he realizes that Janice Barnes, the daughter of the president of the S.S. Company, and with whom he is in love, prefers Carl to himself. So egotistic is he that he neglects his invalid wife, who dies while he is courting Janice at a dance. Carl sees Strong's design for a new ship which Barnes is building. He notices that it contains a serious flaw. He tells his uncle of this and shows how the mistake may be covered. Strong tells him that he is an ingrate and impudent upstart. The ship is built in accord with ...
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