Chief Constructor of the British Royal Navy from 1863 to 1870. Born at Sheerness on September 20, 1830, Reed became an apprentice at the local dockyard, where his ability was soon recognized. He was sent to the Central School of Mathematics and Naval Architecture at Portsmouth, graduating in 1852. He was frustrated by the poor career prospects and resigned from his first job, as a draftsman, a year later. After a period as editor of Mechanics Magazine, he became, in 1860, secretary of the Institution of Naval Architects. In both these posts he attacked the design policy of the Admiralty and submitted his own designs.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.