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Eckford, Henry (1775–1832), naval architect and shipbuilder, was born on 12 March 1775 at Kilwinning, in Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of John Eckford and his wife, Janet Black. At the age of sixteen, in 1791, he went to Canada and began to study the principles and practice of ship design in the ...

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Fox, Uffa (1898–1972), naval architect and boat builder, was born on 15 January 1898 at East Cowes in the Isle of Wight, the only son and second of the three children (another son and daughter died in childhood) of Arthur Walder Fox, a skilled carpenter engaged on the construction of ...

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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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Stalkartt, Marmaduke (bap. 1750, d. 1805), naval architect and shipbuilder, was baptized on 22 April 1750 at St Mary the Virgin, Dover, the fourth child and second son of Hugh Stalkartt (1711–1782) and his second wife, Sarah. Between about 1764 and about 1771 he served as an apprentice shipwright at ...

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Thornycroft, Blanche Coules (1873–1950), naval architect, was born at 1 St Peter’s Terrace, Hammersmith, London, on 21 December 1873, the third of seven children (five daughters and two sons) of John Isaac Thornycroft (1843–1928), shipbuilder, who was knighted in 1902, and his wife ...

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Wood, John (1788–1860), naval architect and shipbuilder, was born at Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, on 10 October 1788, one of at least two sons of John Wood (d. 1811), a Port Glasgow shipbuilder. He followed his father into the business and his training included a spell of two years at the shipyard of ...