Susan Mary Auld

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Susan Mary Auld (1915–2002), born Susan Denham Christie in Tynemouth, was the first woman to graduate as a naval architect from Durham University.[1] She studied under Sir Westcott Abell and went on to be a pioneering architect for the Royal Navy. She designed battleships for the Royal Navy and the floating vessels used to land Allied troops in France on D-Day in 1944.[2][3] After the war she worked on commercial and cargo shipbuilding and was also a correspondent for The Shipyard magazine.[4] Her grandfather was a founder of the company that later became the Swan Hunter Group of shipyards, and her father John was company chairman for many years.


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  2. ^ "Susan Auld" obituary from The Scotsman, Edinburgh newspaper, dated 16 March 2002
  3. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, New Lives and themes 2002
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