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William Matthias Whayman

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Engineer Rear-Admiral William Matthias Whayman (1871-1955)

1956 Obituary [1]

Engineer Rear-Admiral William Matthias Whayman, C.B., C.B.E., R.N. ret., was born on 13th August 1871. From 1886 to 1891 he attended the Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham, and then took a three-year special course at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Subsequently, from 1894 until 1914, he held various appointments at sea, in H.M. Dockyards and at the Admiralty. He served as Engineer Commander, H.M.S. St. Vincent 1914-16 at H.M. Dockyard, Chatham, 1916-17, as Chief Engineer, H.M. Dockyard, Pembroke, 1917-18, and Engineer Manager, H.M. Dockyard, Rosyth, from 1918 to 1920. He was then appointed Assistant Engineer-in-Chief, Admiralty, and was promoted in 1922 to Deputy Engineer-in-Chief, in which capacity he served until 1927.

He then joined the Marine Department of Babcock and Wilcox, Ltd., where he remained until 1935. From 1936 to 1939 he was a Director of Alfol Insulation, Ltd.

Rear-Admiral Whayman was an Honorary Vice-President of the Institution of Naval Architects, a Vice-President of the Institute of Marine Engineers, and a Member of the Institute of Fuel.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1937. His death occurred in 1955.

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