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Henry Richard Teed

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Henry Richard Teed (1864-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

1939 Obituary [2]

"Engineer Captain HENRY RICHARD TEED, R.N., ret., had a long career in the Navy, and was responsible for introducing various improvements, by securing the modification of Admiralty specifications, into the manufacture of condenser equipment.

He was born in London in 1864 and after leaving the City of London School in 1878 he entered University College, London, and from 1880 to 1884 he received his training at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Devonport. After three years' engineering studies, at HMS Marlborough, Portsmouth, and the Royal Naval Engineering College, Greenwich, he went to sea, and saw service afloat in H.M. ships, holding junior positions until 1893, when he was made engineer officer in charge of machinery. From 1903 to 1905 he was Admiralty engineer overseer for the Midland District, after which he was appointed to be engineer commander of the cruiser Cochrane.

In 1909 he became engineer inspector, attached to the Controller's Department at the Admiralty. Though due for retirement in 1914, he was called up and served as engineer overseer for the Admiralty for some years at Sheffield, where he showed great ability in mastering steelworks practice. He was subsequently a member of the staff of the Director of Naval Equipment at the Admiralty, and introduced many improvements into the salvage service, and in recognition of his assistance to United States shipping, he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Naval Service. After the Armistice in 1918 he became chief of the London office of Messrs. W. H. Allen, Sons and Company, Ltd., for whom he acted as naval representative, and retired from that position early in 1939. Captain Teed, who was elected to Membership of the Institution in 1912, died on 28th November 1939 in his seventy-sixth year. He was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects."

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