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Brierly, Sir Oswald Walters (1817–1894), marine painter and naval engineer, was born at Chester on 19 May 1817, the son of Dr Thomas Brierly (d. in or before 1872), a physician and amateur artist. After schooling in Chester, he became a pupil at ...

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Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817–1894) by unknown engraver, pubd 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hancock, Norman (1916–2003), naval architect, was born on 6 March 1916 at 5 Home Park, Plymouth, the only son of Louis Everard Hancock, a ship fitter in Devonport dockyard, and his wife, Rose Violetta, née Bowden. He attended Plymouth grammar school, joining Devonport dockyard...

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Taylor, James (1753–1825), naval engineer and potter, was born on 3 May 1753 at Leadhills, Lanarkshire, the son of John Taylor, the overseer of the earl of Hopetoun's mines there. He was educated at Wallacehall School, Closeburn, Dumfriesshire, and then at Edinburgh University...