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Charles Nicholson

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Charles Ernest Nicholson (c1869-1954)

1868 Born in Gosport, son of Benjamin Nicholson, master shipbuilder, and his wife Sarah[1]

1891 Ships draughtsman, living with his father and mother and family in Alverstoke[2]

1901 Yacht builder, living in Alverstoke with Lucy E Nicholson 27, Harry B Nicholson 4, Mary Nicholson 2, John W Nicholson 1[3]

1911 Yacht builder, employer, living in Alverstoke with Lucy Nicholson 37, Mary Nicholson 12, Ruth Nicholson 7, Richard Nicholson 5[4]

1954 Died in Gosport[5]

1954 Obituary [6]

We record with regret the death of Mr. Charles Nicholson, O.B.E., which occurred at his home on Saturday of last week.

Mr. Nicholson, who was eighty-five at the time of his death, has been for many years one of Britain's leading yacht designers and was responsible for many famous yachts, including "Shamrock IV" and "Endeavour," which were challengers for the America's Cup.

Apart from racing yachts, Mr. Nicholson was interested in the evolution of the motor yacht, and one of these, the "Philanti," designed in 1937, is now the Norwegian Royal Yacht Norge."

Mr. Nicholson was the first Freeman of Gosport and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1891 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. 1901 census
  5. BMD
  6. The Engineer 1954/03/05