Uss Essex Liane speaks with Frances Diane Robotti (ROE-bah-tee) and James Vescovi (ves -CO-vee) about their book "The USS Essex and the Birth of the American Navy." (Adams Media Corporation). At the height of her fame, the Essex was one of the fastest warships ever built. She was the first to sail around both the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn. The Essex was also important in protecting US naval interests around the world.