Victoria Alexandrina Drummond

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14 Oct 1894 - 25 Dec 1978

Victoria Drummond was a god-daughter of Queen Victoria. She worked in a Perth garage during the First World War. She then worked in a Dundee shipyard whilst taking evening classes at Dundee Technical College. She moved to Liverpool to become an engineer on the Blue Funnel line. She became the first British woman to serve as Chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy. She sailed throughout the Second World War, including saving a ship which had come under fire. She took part in the Normandy D-Day landings, and sailed in the Atlantic convoys to Murmansk. She was awarded the MBE in 1941 and Lloyd's War Medal for gallantry at sea. She retired in 1962, and died in 1978.

Sources
Ewan, Innes, Reynolds and Pipes (eds), The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, EUP, 2006,
The entry for Victoria Drummond is on pages 104-5.
Dundee Woman's Trail, 2008
The entry for Victoria Drummond is on pages 36-7.