Sir Robert Moorsom, was born in 1760 to an influential ship-owning family in Yorkshire.
After joining the Royal Navy Moorsom built a very successful career and carried a banner at Lord Nelson’s funeral. In 1807 Moorsom resigned his position to become the Private Secretary of Lord Mulgrave, First Lord of the Admiralty. From there Moorsom then became Lord of the Admiralty in 1809 and was subsequently made Surveyor General in 1810.
In this role Moorsom is attributed to introducing the turning lathe instead of the grindstone for finishing gun barrels. He retired in 1820 and died in 1835.