Theodore D. Wilson

American naval architect (1840–1896) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Theodore Delavan Wilson (also Theodore Delevan Wilson) (11 May 1840 – 29 June 1896) was an American naval ship designer, constructor and instructor of naval architecture and shipbuilding. As chief constructor for the Bureau of Construction and Repair from 1882 to 1892, he was in charge of all new warship design for the United States Navy. Through his efforts, the Navy began its transition out of a post–Civil War slump to become a modern naval power. Warships he designed include the pre-dreadnought battleship USS Maine, whose destruction in Havana, Cuba, in 1898 precipitated the Spanish–American War.

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Theodore Delavan Wilson

(1840-05-11)May 11, 1840
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 29, 1896(1896-06-29) (aged 56)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy Seal United States Navy
Years of service1861–1896
RankChief Constructor
Instructor, Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding
CommandsBureau of Construction and Repair
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
Portsmouth Navy Yard
Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pensacola Navy Yard, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War