Sir John Apsey (1850- )
1922 K.B.E., Naval Arch.; Chief Constructor, R.C.N.C. (retired); b. 1850; s. of John Apsey. Ed. Royal Naval Coll., Greenwich, and Dockyard Sch. Training: H.M. Dockyards. Career: On completion of usual course of training for naval architects was appointed to a special course of elec. training, and subsequently appointed to Chatham Yard in charge of the elec. work, and was thus a pioneer in the establishment of the present elec. departments, and the development of modern styles of elec. fittings in H.M. Navy, was appointed to supervise the building of H.M.S. "Medea" and "Medusa" at Chatham, in 1885-6; first overseer appointed for shipbuilding under Lord George Hamilton's Naval Defence Act, 1889; Chief Constructor at Malta Dockyard, 1902-7; and Manager, Constructive Dept., Portsmouth, 1907-19, during which period the leading ship of every class of super-Dreadnought battleship was built under his directions, and also the larger classes of submarines; and was knighted in 1920 in consideration of services rendered whilst serving in that capacity during the War.