(1810–1880), American ship designer and builder. Donald McKay’s achievements in ship design and construction made him one of the most famous American shipbuilders of the nineteenth century. He was born on September 4, 1810, in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, the second of sixteen children. At age sixteen he emigrated to New York and apprenticed with the noted shipbuilder Isaac Webb. In New York McKay worked closely with many prominent shipbuilders of the day, including Isaac's famous shipbuilding son William H. Webb and the clipper designer John W. Griffiths.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.