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Henry David Furness

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Henry David Furness (1830-1880)

1881 Obituary [1]

. . . In July 1847 he was apprenticed for four years to Robert Stephenson and Co, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but for one year of this time worked in the erecting shop of Robert Napier and Sons, Glasgow.

From September 1853 he was for two years Chief Engineer on board steamers belonging to the Steam Navigation Company of the Two Sicilies. The next obtained an appointment in the Turkish navy as engineer during the Crimean war, after which he became sub-manager of the works at Messrs. Robert Stephenson and Co.’s factory under the late William Weallens, M. Inst. C.E.

He subsequently went to Russia as locomotive superintendent on the Riga-Dunaburg railway, and continued there after the amalgamation of that line with the Dunaburg and Witepsk, until the year 1869. He then accepted the post of locomotive superintendent on the Orel-Witepsk railway ; but the work and the climate told so severely on his health that he was obliged to return to England in 1870. . . .

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