William Kennish book - Manninagh Dooie - True Manxman

Culture Vannin provided a grant towards a book on the life, career, poetry and inventions of William Kennish, Manxman (1799 - 1862). William Kennish was a seaman who rose in only seven years to become Royal Navy Master Carpenter of the Mediterranean Fleet, eventually serving on three admiral flagships. Kennish achieved a number of remarkable achievements, including being the first person to show the Pacific and Atlantic were on the same mean tide level and developing a diving machine to allow recovery of lost coinage in Brooklyn harbour.

The Culture Vannin grant paid for copyright and reproduction fees to enable the author, Robert W Stimpson, to publish maps and pictures of William's ships, which are owned by the National Maritime Museum, British Museum and others.