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Richard Sennett

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Richard Sennett (1847-1891)

1891 Obituary [1]

RICHARD SENNETT was born near Penzance on 25th October 1847.

In 1862 he entered Keyham Factory, Devonport, as an engineer student, and after serving five and a half years there in this capacity was selected to proceed to South Kensington for the more advanced course of training given at the Royal School of Naval Architecture, at the conclusion of which he obtained the highest diploma and a first-class fellowship.

He subsequently became instructor in marine engineering at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and obtained a Whitworth scholarship.

After service at sea as engineer, he was appointed in 1872 to the Admiralty for scientific work; and in 1875 proceeded to Devonport Dockyard as assistant to the chief engineer.

After serving there for about eight years he returned to the Admiralty, and in 1883 succeeded Mr. John Oliver as chief engineer inspector, attaining the naval rank of inspector of machinery in 1889.

On the retirement of Sir James Wright in May 1887, he was appointed Engineer-in-Chief at the Admiralty, which position he held until May 1889, when he resigned the appointment and his rank in the navy, and became managing director in the firm of Messrs. Maudslay Sons and Field.

He was the author of a standard work on the marine engine, which has been translated into Russian and Italian.

His death took place on 4th September 1891 at Walton-on-Thames, at the age of forty-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1881; and was a Vice-President of the Institution of Naval Architects.

1892 Obituary [2]

RICHARD SENNETT was born on the 25th October, 1847, near Penzance. In May, 1862, as the result of an open competition, he was appointed an engineer student in the steam-factory forming part of the Royal Dockyard at Devonport. . . . . in 1872 Mr. Sennett was selected for special duties on the staff of the Engineer-in-Chief at the Admiralty. For the next three years he continued in this position, at the same time holding an appointment as Instructor in Marine Engineering at the Royal Naval College which had then been established at Greenwich . . . [more]

1891 Obituary [3]

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