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Albert Loring Swasey

Albert Loring Swasey, American naval architect. Decorated Silver Star for services in designing and building submarine chasers, Legion of Merit. Director Taunton Boys Club; regional director Massachusetts Sea Scouts American.

Background

  • Swasey, Albert Loring was born on September 14, 1876 in Auburndale, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Albert Edgar and Ella Cecelia (Wilson) Swasey.

  • Education

    • Educated Bristol Academy, Taunton, Massachusetts, 1882-1894, Massachusetts Institute Technology (naval architecture), 1894-1898.

    Career

    • Draftsman hull departments, Newport News Shipbuilding Company, 1898, Cramp’s Shipbuilding Company, 1899, New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, New Jersey, 1900-1905. Member firm Swasey, Raymond & Page, yacht designers, Boston, 1898-1917. Vice president Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island, 1917-1923.

      Member firm Burgess, Swasey & Paine, naval architecture and yacht design, Boston, 1923-1927. Vice president Henry Gielow Corporation, naval architecture and yacht design, New York City, 1927-1932. Marine insurance broker and agent, Boston Insurance Company, 1915-1940.

      Commanded lieutenant commander Construction Corps, United States, N.R.F., April 2, 1917, commander, 1919, captain, July 3, 1938. Served as superintendent construction United States Navy, New York City, Bureau Construction and Repairs, Washington, District of Columbia, member Appraisal Board for Curtiss Engineer Corporation, member secretary of Navy’s Board of Review, 1917-1921. Member President’s Board of Commandeering Merchant and Private Vessels, 1917-1918.

      Designed submarine chasers and patrol boats. Member Secretary of Navy’s Board of Appraisal of Merchant and Private Vessels, 1917-1918. Retired September 14, 1940.

      Recalled to active duty, December 31, 1940. Promoted to Commodore, 1944, retired 1945.

    Works

    • Contributor to mags.

    Membership

    Member firm Swasey, Raymond & Page, yacht designers, Boston, 1898-1917. Member firm Burgess, Swasey & Paine, naval architecture and yacht design, Boston, 1923-1927. Member President’s Board of Commandeering Merchant and Private Vessels, 1917-1918.

    Member Secretary of Navy’s Board of Appraisal of Merchant and Private Vessels, 1917-1918. Member of the United States N.R. Association (Vice-President Massachusetts United States Navy Reserve Association), Delta Psi. Clubs: Exchange (Boston).

    Connections

    • Married Dorothy Lovering, November 26, 1907. Children: David Loring, John Loring.
    • father: Albert Edgar Swasey
    • mother: Ella Cecelia (Wilson) Swasey
    • spouse: Dorothy Lovering
    • children: David Loring Swasey
    • John Loring Swasey
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    Died January 7, 1956
    (aged 79)
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