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Victoria Drummond

1894 - 1980

First British female ship's engineer. Born at Errol into the Drummond of Megginch family, she was a god-daughter of Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901). Drummond undertook an engineering apprenticeship at the Caledon Shipyard in Dundee and joined the SS Anchises as a junior engineer in 1922. She became the first woman member of the Institute of Marine Engineers.

During the World War II she was awarded an MBE and the Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea for her courage in keeping the engines of SS Bonita running during an attack by a German bomber. Having endured considerable discrimination, she was eventually promoted to Chief Engineer in 1959 but retired three years later.

She lies buried at Megginch Castle and her life is remembered in a biography The Remarkable Life of Victoria Drummond - Marine Engineer, by her niece Cherry Drummond, 16th Baroness Strange (1928 - 2005).

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