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Charles Ower

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Charles Ower ( -1876) connected with the Dundee Harbour


1876 Obituary [1]

This gentleman died suddenly at his residence on Wednesday week. He was connected with the Dundee Harbour for more than thirty years.

For some time he acted as assistant to Mr. Leslie, C.E., before the removal of the latter to Edinburgh, was subsequently appointed resident engineer, and on his health beginning to fail rather than lose his services he was retained by the trustees as consulting engineer.

The Camperdown Dock was constructed from his plans, and he rendered material assistance to Mr. Harrison, C.E., London, when that gentleman was preparing plans for alterations on the Victoria Dock.

Mr. Ower, at the request of the Dundee and Arbroath Railway Company, arranged the station to the eastward of Trades-lane now known as the Arbroath Station.

He also prepared plans for a circular line of railway connecting the Dundee Harbour with the higher parts of the town, a scheme that is likely to be sooner or later carried out. In all business matters his opinion was considered valuable and his advice was frequently sought.

He had drawn around him a. wide circle of friends, who will much regret their loss by his unexpected death. Mr. Ower was upwards of sixty years of age, and leaves a widow and two sons.


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