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Horace See

naval architect

Horace See, American naval architect.


See, Horace was born on July 17, 1835 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Richard Colhoun and Margarita (Hilyard) See.


Academic education; learned trade of machinist. Superintendent engineer William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia.


Had much to do with introduction of triple-expansion engines into vessels of the United States Navy. Designed engines of cruisers Yorktown, Concord, Bennington, Philadelphia, Newark and Vesuvius. Yachts, Atalanta, Corsair, Stranger, Peerless.

Steamer Monmouth; steamships, Mariposa, Queen of the Pacific, Caracas, Olivette. Designed hull and machinery of steamships El Rio, El Valle, El Alba, Comus, Proteus, United States cruisers Yankee, Dixie, hospital ship Solace. Wrecking steamers Relief and Tasco, New York police launches, etc., into which many of his inventions were introduced, such as the hydropneumatic ash ejector, folding hatch cover, etc.

Also inventor cylindrical mandrel for face bearings, which makes it possible to produce with certainty a true bearing and journal, double furnace water tube boiler, pneumatic siphon fire hydrant, etc. Superintends the constitution, performance and maintenance of vessels and machinery. Established at New York, 1889.

Consulting engineer Newport News Shipbuilding Company and other corporations Private Gray Reserves early part of Civil War. Corporal 7th Regiment Pennsylvania militia in Maryland., 1862. Adjunct 20th Regiment National Guard Pennsylvania during July riots, 1877, and later captain 1st Regiment National Guard, Pennsylvania Home: Glen Summit Springs, Pa.


Married Ruth Ross Maffet, February 20, 1879.

Richard Colhoun See

Margarita (Hilyard) See

Ruth Ross Maffet