Victoria Drummond

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Victoria Alexandrina Drummond MBE (14 October 1894 – 1978), was the first woman marine engineer in Britain and first woman member of Institute of Marine Engineers. She was born at Errol, the daughter of Capt. Malcolm Drummond, JP and Geraldine Margaret Tyssen-Amherst, and a goddaughter of Queen Victoria. She went to sea in the 1920s, initiating a career then thought unsuitable for a lady.‘Drummond, Victoria Alexandrina (1894-1978)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004

Qualifying as an engineer

After completing her apprenticeship at the Caledon Shipyard, she joined the Blue Funnel Line's SS Anchises in 1922 as Tenth Engineer. After completing four voyages to Australia and one to China, she began study for her second engineer's qualification. However, after having received the qualification, she was only able to work as Fifth Engineer for the British India Company in 1927. During the 1930s, her attempt to gain a British chief engineer's certificate met with failure, but she was able to qualify as a Panamanian chief engineer. In a career lasting 40 years she sailed on 49 voyages, which took her from her home in Megginch Castle in Scotland, to all around the world. She continued her career through hardship and discrimination, carrying out the physically gruelling work of the engine room as well as supervising a sometimes reluctant and prejudiced work force.

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