8. Victoria Alexandrina Drummond MBE

Victoria Drummond MBE, born in Errol in 1894 and named after her godmother, Queen Victoria, broke tradition by announcing her ambition to become a marine engineer.

Following an apprenticeship at the Northern Garage in Perth, Victoria went on to become the first female marine engineer, in 1918.

It took her 37 attempts to pass her Chief Engineer certificate because, she believed, the examination board were reluctant to pass a woman. Her determination paid off and she served on 49 sea voyages throughout her merchant navy career.

Victoria was awarded the Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea for her time on board the cargo ship SS Bonita in WWII. Although neutral, the ship came under enemy attack, and it was reported that ‘her conduct was an inspiration to the ship’s company and her devotion to duty prevented more serious damage to the vessel.’

She went on to become the first woman to be awarded an MBE.