Webb, William Henry, 1816-1899

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Birth 1816-06-19
Death 1899-10-30

Biographical notes:

William H. Webb was born in 1816. He began his career as an apprentice in the shipyard of his father, Isaac Webb (1794-1840). William Webb became noted as a designer and builder in New York City and later as founder of the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, New York. He took over the shipyard upon his father's death and built a variety of wooden-hulled vessels, including clipper ships, packets, steamships, military vessels, and others. In 1895, after retirement he published a two-volume set of books entitled "Plans of Wooden Vessels built by William H. Webb in the City of New York, 1840-1869." William H. Webb died in 1899.

From the description of William H. Webb collection [naval architecture drawings] 1895 (Mystic Seaport Museum, G W Blunt White Library). WorldCat record id: 63810345

Webb earned his Harvard AM in 1973.

From the description of The development of compound achromatic microscopes and its effect on microbiology of the period / William W. Webb. May 23, 1973. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 228513408

Shipbuilder, founder of Webb Academy and Home for Shipbuilders.

Webb's shipbuilding business was located on the East River in New York City and was started by his father, Isaac Webb.

From the description of Business papers, 1825-[ca. 1900] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155538073


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  • Steam yachts
  • Smithsonian Exchange
  • Paddle steamers
  • Merchant ships
  • Packets
  • Blacksmithing
  • Ships plans
  • Shipyards
  • Real property
  • Shipbuilding
  • Steamships
  • Steamboats
  • Sailing ships
  • Naval architecture
  • Shipping
  • Schooners
  • Shipbuilding industry
  • Clipper ships


  • Naval architects--New York


  • New York (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
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