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.


 2.0S 18.02.2017

Fund-raising has been completed for the NEW MEMORIAL to William Kennish in New York, and details are available of the WILLIAM KENNISH MEMORIAL TRUST and the Manx Granite memorial which is now on its way from the Isle of Man to New York.

Please contact enquiries -at- for more information. (Please replace " -at- " with @)

The total raised as of 18:30hrs GMT


February 18th 2017

(Based on $1.24 : £1)

 £5,060    ($6,280)


To everyone who has contributed to the appeal

- we have met our target!

 We have reached our target!


THANK-YOU to everyone in the USA, IOM and UK who helped raise this fantastic sum!


Bob Stimpson                      Matthew Gregson               Roy Moore

Author and Trustee             Monumental Mason             Trustee and

                                                                         Kennish Great x 4 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 on Monday via DLP to Droitwich UK and then by Cavalier Logistics to London Heathrow and Newark USA.

Supported by Rossborough

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