This site provides some background information on this remarkable self-taught inventor and explorer, and explains the unique links he provides between the early development of what has become the gun turret, the construction of the Statue of Liberty and location of the Panama Canal. Revealed also is the curious link to the English author PG Wodehouse and his heroines!
Kennish took naval warfare out of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” era of Broadsides and into precision gunnery, the likes of which had never been seen before.
Find out here the many facets to this talented man from the Victorian Era and then click on the menu The Book to follow the link to the recently published book on William Kennish’s life story
William Kennish was born in Cornaa in the Isle of Man in 1799, and joined the Royal Navy in 1822 after being rebuffed by his sweetheart.
Initially unable to speak, read or write English and knowing only his native Manx Gaelic, within 7 years he had risen through the ranks to become the master carpenter to the Mediterranean Fleet.
LATEST NEWS - JUNE 20th 2017
Tynwald, the government of the Isle of Man unanimously elected William Kennish to the
The current Manx Patriot’s video can be seen here.
The NEW MEMORIAL to William Kennish was placed and dedicated on Sunday March 19th 2017 at Green Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
To everyone who contributed to the appeal
- the memorial is now installed!
Bob Stimpson Matthew Gregson Roy Moore
Author and Trustee Monumental Mason Trustee and
Kennish Great x 3 nephew
This photo of the finished memorial was taken on Saturday 18th February in Peel at Manx Memorial’s Yard, prior to it being crated up for shipment.
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