North Tyneside shipbuilder honoured with a blue plaque on Trafalgar Day

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    "A naval architect who blazed a trail for women in the shipbuilding industry has been honoured with a blue plaque at her family home in Tynemouth. Susan Mary Auld (10 January 1915 – 9 March 2002) was born Susan Denham Christie into a family of naval engineers. She was home-schooled until the age of 14 and later followed in her family’s footsteps by becoming the first woman to be awarded a degree in naval architecture from Durham University in 1936. Her grandfather founded the company that would become Swan Hunter and she joined the design office of what was then Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson at the Neptune yard, Wallsend, at a time when very few women were employed in shipbuilding. During the Second World War she was a member of the team that designed the battleship HMS Anson....."
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    North Tyneside Council
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