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.


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Fund-raising is well underway for A NEW MEMORIAL to William Kennish in New York, and details are available of the WILLIAM KENNISH MEMORIAL TRUST which is raising funds to create a Manx Granite memorial which will be shipped from the Isle of Man and placed in New York. YOU CAN DONATE HERE!

IF YOU CAN HELP WITH A DONATION DURING JANUARY 2017 PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! We realise this is still a very demanding time of year on everyone’s finances, but the timetable to get a memorial to New York in March 2017 means this will allow us to start to cut it!

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

The total raised as of 23:00hrs GMT

Monday January 16th 2017

(Based on $1.203 : £1)







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