McKay, Donald, 1810-1880

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Donald McKay was a naval architect and shipbuilder of Boston, famed as a designer and builder of clipper ships. When wooden ships were threatened with obsolescence after 1857, McKay travelled in Europe, where he studied British and French naval matters thoroughly. McKay became a leading advocate of steam-screw ironclads for the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, but his designs were eventually rejected, primarily because their grand scale exceeded the ability of manufacturers to execute them.

From the description of ALS: to James W. Grimes, [1864?]. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122503446

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associatedWith Chandler, Peleg W. (Peleg Whitman), 1816-1889. person
associatedWith Donald McKay Memorial Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Fuller, Lon L., 1902- person
associatedWith Grimes, James W. (James Wilson), 1816-1872. person
associatedWith Hall, Henry, 1845-1920. person
associatedWith Isherwood, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1822-1915. person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Miscellaneous Commercial Sail person
associatedWith Muybridge, Eadweard person
associatedWith Southworth & Hawes, corporateBody
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Thatcher Magoun & Son. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Armored vessels
Marine engineering
Naval architecture


Birth 1810-09-04

Death 1880-09-20



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