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Webb, William Henry 1816-1899

Ship-builder; born in New York City, June 19, 1816; received a private education; learned the ship-builders' trade in his father's yard, and started in business for himself in 1843. He built over 150 vessels; devised a new model for navy vessels; and constructed many vessels of great speed and capacity. He built and endowed the Webb Academy and Home for Ship-builders, Fordham Heights, N. Y. He died in New York City, Oct. 30, 1899.

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