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Baillie, Charles William (1844–1899), inventor of the Baillie sounder and marine meteorologist, was born in Greenwich, Kent, the eldest son of Henry Robert Baillie (1808/9–1882), a master of the nautical school in Greenwich, and his wife, Isabella, née Haselar. He entered the Royal Navy...

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H. M. Chichester

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Beeching, James (1788–1858), lifeboat designer, was born at Bexhill, Sussex, and was subsequently apprenticed to a boat builder at Hastings. Some little time after his apprenticeship he went to Flushing, and there, in 1819, built the famous smuggling cutter known as the Big Jane...

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Berthon, Edward Lyon (1813–1899), inventor of nautical aids and Church of England clergyman, was born in Finsbury Square, London, on 20 February 1813, the tenth child of Peter Berthon, an army contractor, who was reduced to comparative poverty by the wreck of a number of his ships and the end of the war in 1814. In 1828 ...

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Chance, Sir James Timmins, first baronet (1814–1902), glass manufacturer and lighthouse engineer, was born in Birmingham on 22 March 1814, the eldest of the six sons of William Chance (1788–1856), merchant and glass manufacturer, of Spring Grove, Birmingham, and his wife, Phoebe (...

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Garrett, George William Littler (1852–1902), clergyman and submarine designer, was born on 4 July 1852 at 45 Waterloo Road, Lambeth, London, the third son of John Garrett (d. 1893), an Irish curate, and his wife, Georgina. The Garretts moved to Manchester in the early 1860s, and ...

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Henry Greathead (1757–?1816) by William Ridley, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Burnley

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Greathead, Henry (1757–1816?), reported inventor of the lifeboat, was the younger of twin children, born at Richmond, Yorkshire, on 27 January 1757. His father, John Greathead, an officer of salt duties, following promotion removed to Shields in 1763. Greathead was at first apprenticed to a boat builder and subsequently went to sea as a ship's carpenter. In 1785 he returned to ...

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Hasler, Herbert George (1914–1987), inventor of sailing equipment and Royal Marines officer, was born in Dublin on 27 February 1914, the younger child and younger son of Lieutenant Arthur Thomas Hasler, quartermaster, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, Annie Georgina Andrews...

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Herbert George Hasler (1914–1987) by Eileen Ramsay, c.1960 © Eileen Ramsay / PPL