- John Isaac Thornycroft
name = John Isaac Thornycroft
caption = Naval architect and founder of two firms carrying the Thornycroft name
birth_date = February 1843
Vatican City, Rome
death_date = June 1928
Bembridge, Isle Of Wight
Sir John Isaac Thornycroft (1843–1928) was the founder of the
Thornycroft shipbuilding company. [Herbert B. Mason (Editor). [http://books.google.com/books?id=d3gDAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA630&dq=%22John+Isaac+Thornycroft%22&ei=Ma50SNvACZPgiQHR-KyEDA Encyclopaedia of Ships and Shipping.] London. 1908. pp. 630-631. [http://books.google.com/books?id=d3gDAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA630&dq=%22John+Isaac+Thornycroft%22&lr=&ei=rbB0SPCNNKCmigHT-7jpBw Full view] available from GoogleBooks.] He was the son of Mary Thornycroft, the sculptress. [Sir John Isaac Thornycroft - 1843-1928. Obituary notice. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series A. Vol. 121, No. 788 (Dec. 1, 1928), pp. xxxv-xxxvii ]
He established a shipbuilding yard on the
River Thamesat Chiswickin 1864. He built his first steam launchwhen he was 19 years old. In 1877, his first vessel for the Royal Navywas a motor torpedo boat.
His yard built a steam powered
lorrywhich led them into the vehicle manufacturing business, the Thornycroft named business lasting until the late 20th century.
Thornycroft worked on means of aiding hull lubrication by air which also led him to
hydrofoil. This led him to develop stepped chine hulls which used for 55 ft Coastal Motor Boats during the war gave them speeds of up to 40 knots. [ [http://www.hovercraft-museum.org/musthorn1.html 1908 Thornycroft Model at The Hovercraft Museum ] at www.hovercraft-museum.org]
This boatbuilding works concentrated on cabin cruisers and speedboats, but also produced small naval craft - Coastal Motor Boats in the
First World Warand Motor Torpedo Boats, Motor Launches and landing craftin the Second World War. Thornycrofts closed their boatbuilding operation on Platt's Eyot when they were taken over by Vospers in the mid-1960s.
The Southampton shipyard continues to operate as a VT Shipbuilding (Vosper-Thornycroft) company.
Sir John Thornycroft was the brother of
Hamo Thornycroft, the British sculptor, and uncle of the war poet Siegfried Sassoon. His son Isaac Thomas Thornycroftskippered the motorboat Gyrinus IIto two gold medals at 1908 Olympic Games.
* [http://www.marketingreinforcements.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index_plattseyot.html History of Platts Eyot including photos of Thornycroft vessels]
* [http://www.dukesmeadowstrust.org/shipbldg.html History of Thornycroft shipbuilding works at Chiswick including photos]
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