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Joseph Francis Delany

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Joseph Francis Delany (1833-1881) of Delany and Okes


1881 Obituary [1]

. . . born in Rotherhithe in 1833, and was educated at Prior Park College, Bath. He served an apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer to Joyce and Co. of Greenwich, and was for about two years with the same firm as naval architect and manager of the iron ship-building department.

In 1861 he started the Victoria foundry and marine-engine works at Greenwich, in conjunction with J. C. R. Okes, Assoc. M. Inst. C.E. Mr. Delany was an accomplished naval architect, and built several very successful vessels, amongst them the team-yacht 'Wolverene,' for Lieut.-Col. Brandram. The great depression of trade which ensued on the commercial crisis of 1866 induced the proprietors of the Victoria foundry to close the works...


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