Joseph Whidbey and the Building of the Plymouth Breakwater

By John Naish , published February 1992


Joseph Whidbey (1775 – 1833) was a Sailing Master RN, Fellow of the Royal Society and close associate of Sir John Banks. He played a key role with George Vancouver in the survey of the Northwest Coast of America in 1792-4. The large island in the State of Washington was named after him. On his return to England in 1795 he began an illustrious second career with the Royal Dockyards which culminated in the design and building in conjunction with John Rennie of the Plymouth Breakwater for the Channel Fleet; one of the great engineering achievements of nineteenth century Britain.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Science & Exploration

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