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1926 - Death of Sir Phillip Watts

15th March. Sir Phillip Watts KCB died. He was one of three talented sons of a Dockyard Shipwright holding the post of Timber Inspector of the Yard. Phillip entered the Dockyard as a shipwright apprentice in 1861, gained a scholarship to South Kensington, and was appointed Assistant Constructor at the Admiralty.

In 1901 on the retirement of Sir William White (who was also a Dockyard shipwright apprentice) he was appointed to the Admiralty as Chief Constructor and many of the ships that took part in the Great War were chiefly from his own designs.

Of Portsmouth Dockyard apprentices, only two became Head of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors - Sir Phillip Watts & Keith H. W. Thomas CB, OBE,FEng, FRINA, who began his apprenticeship in 1939.