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A Biography of Sydney Vincent


 6 PM Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020


Hampton Yacht Club
4707 Victoria Blvd, Hampton, VA 23669


6:00 PM- Social time
6:30 PM- Dinner
7:00 PM- Speaker
8:00 PM- Adjourn


$15/Student, $20/member, $30/non-member



Please join the Hampton Roads Section for an interesting discussion on one of the early Chief Naval Architects of Newport News Shipbuilding. Sydney Vincent was the 4th chief Naval Architect of Newport News Shipbuilding. He wrote the Transverse Stability Chapter of Original Principles of Naval Architecture and authored "Merchant Vessel Lines," a paper on hull form design that is still widely referenced today. Prior to his association with Newport News, he served as chief naval architect for three shipyards in the Portland, Oregon area. In addition to his impressive career in shipbuilding, Mr. Vincent's life reads like an action adventure movie complete with race cars, hot air balloons, gliders and airplane flights.

Presenter:  David Hansch - Newport News Shipbuilding

David Hansch is a Fellow of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers. He is the chair of the Hampton Roads Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and serves as chair of SD-1, the weight engineering panel of the Ship DesignCommittee of SNAME. Mr. Hansch is a Naval Architect at Newport News Shipbuilding. He graduated from Virginia Tech with his B.S. in Ocean Engineering in 2005 and received his M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2015. He received the 2015 SNAME Graduate Paper Honor Prize for his thesis "The Effect of Shallow Water on Roll Damping and Rolling Period". In 2010, David received the Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer award from the Society of Allied Weight Engineers and was the Hampton Roads SNAME Section Young Engineer of the Year. He has been researching the history of the Naval Architects of Newport News Shipbuilding for several years and intends to write a book on these extraordinary men.



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  • The Mariners’ Museum Hosts Special Lecture on The Apprentice School

    In case you missed him presenting to us last fall.  Bill Fox, a SNAME fellow from the Hampton Roads Section is presenting at the Mariner's Museum.  Their description of the event is below.

    On Saturday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m., visit The Mariners’ Museum for the Hampton Roads History Lecture, The Apprentice School: Celebrating a Century. The lecture, presented by William A. Fox, P.E., will discuss the impact and influence of The Apprentice School, which has educated and trained more than 10,000 craftsmen and women, middle managers, and company executives over the last 100 years. Fox’s ties to Newport News Shipbuilding run deep. A respected naval architect, professional engineer, researcher, and writer, Fox was honored when the company asked him to write the centennial history of its renowned and nationally recognized Apprentice School. A book signing will follow the presentation. The lecture is free to Museum members and included in $1 Museum admission. Visit marinersmuseum.org/lectures for more information.