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Acworth, Sir Jacob (c. 1668–1749), shipbuilder, about whom details of parentage and early life are unknown, began his apprenticeship as a carpenter about 1682. He was probably a relative of William Acworth (1615–1672) who served as storekeeper of Woolwich Dockyard from 1637 until his death. ...

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Adams, Henry (1713–1805), shipbuilder, was born in Deptford, the son of Anthony Adams, a shipwright at the town's royal dockyard. In 1726 he began his apprenticeship to Benjamin Slade, the foreman of the yard. Adams moved to Hampshire in 1744 and was appointed naval overseer for the building of the ...

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Baker, Matthew (1529/30–1613), shipwright, was the son of James Baker [see below], shipwright to Henry VIII. In 1550 Baker sailed to the Levant in the bark Aucher commanded by Roger Bodenham. Though only a young man, his was an inquisitive role during the voyage, and he acquired valuable knowledge of Venetian boat-building techniques. Following his return to ...

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Barnard, John, the younger (1704/5–1784), shipbuilder, was born in Ipswich, the son of John Barnard the elder (1665–1717), shipbuilder of the borough of Ipswich, and his wife, Mary (1666–1733). He probably attended the academy for dissenters in Ipswich. In 1723 he was apprenticed to ...

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Batey, John Thomas (1862–1951), shipbuilder, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 28 July 1862, one of the eleven children of the tug boat operator Francis Batey (1842–1915) and Margaret, née Nicholls (1842–1912). Batey was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, and in 1880 began an apprenticeship at ...

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Beardmore, William, Baron Invernairn (1856–1936), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 16 October 1856 at Deptford, the eldest son of William Beardmore and his wife, Sophia Louisa Halkman. His father was assistant manager of the Deptford works of the General Steam Navigation Company...

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William Beardmore, Baron Invernairn (1856–1936) by Elliott & Fry courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services

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Bell, Sir Thomas (1865–1952), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 21 December 1865 at Sirsawa in India, the son of Imrie Bell, a consultant engineer specializing in the design of lighthouses, and his wife, Jane Walker of Edinburgh. His early education was undertaken at the ...

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Sir Thomas Bell (1865–1952) by unknown photographer reproduced with permission of Archives and Special Collections Department, Glasgow City Libraries, Information and Learning

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Bremner, James (1784–1856), civil engineer and shipbuilder, was born at Keiss, in the parish of Wick, Caithness, on 25 September 1784, the youngest of nine children of James and Janet Bremner. He resembled his soldier father in his robust physique and in his fearless character, which emerged early in life. He received a limited education before, in 1798, being apprenticed to the ...

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Browne, Sir Benjamin Chapman (1839–1917), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 26 August 1839 at Stouts Hill, Uley, Gloucestershire, the youngest of the three sons of Colonel Benjamin Chapman Browne (d. c.1853) of the 9th lancers and later of the Gloucestershire yeomanry...

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Cayzer family (per. 1843–1999), shipowners and businessmen, first came to prominence with Sir Charles William Cayzer first baronet (1843–1916). He was born on 15 July 1843 at Featherstone Buildings, Limehouse, London, the only son and third child of Charles Cayzer, a schoolmaster, and his wife, ...

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Clark, Sir George Smith, first baronet (1861–1935), shipbuilder and politician, was born on 8 November 1861 in Paisley, the second of three children of James Clark (1830–1910), thread manufacturer, and his first wife, Jane, daughter of George Smith, a Glasgow shipowner. His parents were both Scottish. Raised as a Presbyterian, ...

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Clasper, Henry [Harry] (1812–1870), oarsman and boat builder, was born at Dunston, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 5 July 1812, the son of Robert and Jane Clasper. He married his cousin Suzannah Hawks on 19 September 1836 and they had eight daughters and five sons, the eldest of whom was ...

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Clasper, John Hawks [Jack] (1836–1908), boat builder and oarsman, born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 13 October 1836, was the eldest of thirteen children (eight daughters and five sons) of Henry Clasper (1812–1870), oarsman and boat builder, and his wife, Suzannah, née Hawks...

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Sir Anthony Deane (c. 1638–?1720) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1690 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deane, Sir Anthony (c. 1638–1720?), shipbuilder, was born in Harwich, the son of Anthony Deane (d. 1659), master mariner. He served his apprenticeship as a shipwright under Christopher Pett, master shipwright at Woolwich and one of the family which dominated the naval dockyards of the period. The distinction between the ship designer, or ‘naval architect’, and the practical shipbuilder was not clear at that time, but ...

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Denny, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1860–1936), shipbuilder and engineer, was born at Dumbarton on 7 February 1860. He was the fourth son of Peter Denny (1821–1895), of Helenslee, Dumbarton, shipbuilder, and his wife, Helen (d. 1905), the eldest daughter of James Leslie...