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George Scholey Young

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George Scholey Young (1850-1902)

1895 Manager of the marine engine department of Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co

1902 Obituary [1]

GEORGE SCHOLEY YOUNG was born in Stepney on 17th February 1850.

Having been educated at Poplar Academy and at the City of London College, he served an apprenticeship at his father's works at Blackwall (T. A. Young and Son) from 1866 to 1871. On its completion he was employed as draughtsman, and afterwards as manager until 1881, when he became a partner, and continued the management of the business until 1891.

During that period he designed and superintended the manufacture of about 120 sets of paddle-wheel, single screw and twin screw machinery of all types up to 900 indicated horse-power, and various mill and other machinery.

In January 1891 he was appointed marine and mechanical engineer to the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co., and has been responsible for the design and manufacture of the whole of that branch of the company's work up to his death.

He also carried out the construction and fixing of the machinery for the new precipitation works at Crossness under Sir Alexander Binnie.

Latterly he was engaged as engineer and manager of the same company's works at Greenwich, which had formerly belonged to Messrs. John Penn and Sons, and there carried out work for the Admiralty, comprising among others three sets of machinery of 18,000 horse-power each.

He was joint inventor of a water-tube boiler, of which a considerable number have been constructed. Since he had been at Greenwich, he remodelled the engine shops, and designed, erected, and equipped their new shops for the manufacture of water-tube boilers.

His death took place at his residence in Lee, Kent, after a painful illness, on 11th February 1902, at the age of fifty-two years.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1879.

1902 Obituary [2]

. . . . At the age of 16 he was apprenticed for five years to Mr. T. A. Young, Marine and Mechanical Engineer, of Orchard Place, Blackwall, and on the expiration of this pupilage he was employed by Mr. Young from 1871 to 1881, first as a draughtsman and subsequently as manager. In the latter year he became a partner and continued to be responsible for the management of the business, which included the design and manufacture of paddle-wheel, single-screw and twin-screw machinery, until 1891, when he was appointed Marine and Mechanical Engineer to the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company. In the same year he carried out, under the direction of Sir Alexander Binnie, the construction and fixing of the machinery for the precipitation works at Crossness of the London County Council.

When the Thames Ironworks Company took over the works of John Penn and Sons in 1900, Mr. Young was appointed Engineer and Manager at Greenwich. . . . . [more]

1902 Obituary.[3]

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