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Thomas Assheton Smith

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Thomas Assheton Smith (1776-1858) of Tedworth, an ardent yachtsman

' His life was almost entirely devoted to sport.'[1]

1827 Married Matilda, second daughter of William Webber of Binfield Lodge, Berkshire, but had no issue

1828 Resigned from the Royal Yacht Squadron because he was so keen to own a steam-powered yacht (something that was unacceptable to other members of the Squadron). Subsequently commission Robert Napier to build the yacht, which he followed with several others[2]

Smith erected the Victoria Hotel at Llanberis, enlarged and improved Port Dinorwic, worked the Victoria slate quarries, and constructed the Padarn Railway.

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