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Bernard O'Driscoll Townshend

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Bernhard O'Driscoll Townshend (1851-1907)

son of Richard Townshend

1907 Obituary [1]

BERNARD O’DRISCOLL TOWNSHEND, born on the 11th March, 1851, obtained his early engineering experience under his father, the late Mr. Richard Townshend, then Superintendent of Keyham and Devonport dockyards and of Plymouth breakwater.

On completing his pupilage, he was engaged on reservoir works near Plymouth and on the South Devon Railway.

In 1876 he entered the service of the Admiralty and continued in that employment for upwards of 20 years. During this period, he twice acted as Assistant Engineer in charge of the works of repair and maintenance at Plymouth breakwater, and once, for 2 years, in charge of Alderney breakwater, the methods adopted for the repair and maintenance of which he described in a Paper contributed to the Proceedings of the Institution in 1897.

Between 1894 and 1897 he was in charge of the Bermuda station, and subsequently of the Eastney division of Portsmouth dockyards, for the Admiralty Works Department. After leaving the Admiralty service he acted in 1899 and succeeding years as Resident Engineer on the Devonport waterworks extension, and on other works in the neighbourhood. He died at Stonehouse, Devon, on the 24th February, 1907, in his fifty-sixth year.

Mr. Townshend was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 2nd December, 1884.

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