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D'Eyncourt, Sir Eustace Tennyson (1868-1951)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0064 DEY
Held at: National Maritime Museum
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Full title: D'Eyncourt, Sir Eustace Tennyson (1868-1951)
Date(s): [1898-1939]
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4 1/2ft; 137cm
Name of creator(s): D'Eyncourt | Sir | Eustace Tennyson | 1868-1951 | 1st Baronet | Director of Naval Construction


Administrative/Biographical history:

Probably the leading naval architect of his day, Tennyson D'Eyncourt was trained at Armstrong's yard at Elswick and at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. On completion of his apprenticeship, he remained with Armstrong's until 1898 when he became naval architect to Fairfields on the Clyde. In 1902 he returned to Armstrong's and made a reputation both for technical competence as well as skill in securing foreign orders. In 1912, D'Eyncourt was appointed Director of Naval Construction and thereby became responsible for the British wartime shipbuilding programme, as well as for the development of tanks and airships. He retired in 1924 and rejoined Armstrong's until they amalgamated with Vickers in 1927. Afterwards he acted as a consulting naval architect and was connected with numerous institutions such as the National Physical Laboratory, the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects He published an autobiography, 'A shipbuilder's yarn; the record of a naval constructor' (London, 1948).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Eustace Tennyson D'Eyncourt. The majority are loose papers, 1898 to 1939. Many are copies of official memoranda on particular ships, the development of the tank and on general topics, while there are subject files of correspondence for the post-1924 period.

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented by the widow of Sir Eustace's son, Lady Pamela Tennyson D'Eyncourt, in 1972.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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