Marquis Top Engineers

Corning Townsend III

Title: President
Company: CT Marine
Location: Edgecombe, Maine, United States

Corning Townsend III, President at CT Marine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in naval architecture.

Mr. Townsend has excelled as a self-employed naval architect since 2018. Additionally, he has served as president of CT Marine since 1978, and while he has transferred ownership of the company to his son, he continues to work as a consultant as needed. Between 1969 and 1978, Mr. Townsend contributed to D.R. Horton as a designer. He began his career in 1968 as a scientific officer for the Netherlands Ship Model Basin, with which he focused on hydrodynamics until 1969.

Attributing his success to hard work and good timing, Mr. Townsend applied these skills at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering. In 1967, he obtained a Master of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan. However,  he shifted his focus from hydrodynamics to designing shallow draft, high horsepower push boats for rivers such as the Amazon and the Mississippi in the 1980s, a specialization to which he has remained dedicated.

Mr. Townsend cites his involvement with the first integrated tug and barge as his most notable achievement. He performed the first vapor recovery system on a barge in the United States and has several patents involving improved steering on shallow draft tow boats. Accompanying these accomplishments, Mr. Townsend has co-authored the book, “Towboat Bible” and has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Inland Waterways in 2016. He was also selected for a fellowship to the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in 2001.

In the upcoming years, Mr. Townsend hopes to see his legacy continue through his son and grandson. He is proud of his ability to work with diverse groups, including corporate presidents, welders, and crane operators. His professional advice to young marine engineers is to question everything and remain inquisitive.

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