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Peter Lindsay Henderson

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Peter Lindsay Henderson (1831-1881)

1881 Obituary [1]

. . . From 1848 to 1850 he was in the employment of Robert Napier, M. Inst. C.E., of Glasgow. He afterwards went to sea, and was in India for about a year, and rose to the position of Master in the merchant service.

Subsequently to the year 1851, he had much to do with the development of steam navigation, first in designing vessels, and then as owner of steamships from the Clyde.

In 1857 he became the owner and manager of a line of steamers between Copenhagen and Germany, and was connected with dredging operations in several harbours in Denmark.

A few years later he became a partner in a Government contract to run the mails to Iceland, and he went to survey and work the sulphur mines in that island. He built several steamers and commenced a trade between Iceland and this country, in connection with which he established a whale fishery, carried out by steamers with harpoon guns.

Latterly he had been engaged in London in the purchase and sale of steam vessels, and as consulting engineer to steamship companies, and in the preparation of plans and specifications for steamers; he held this position for the London Steamboat Co amongst others.

Mr. Henderson was proprietor of the Greenwich and Poplar horse ferry, and had devised a plan for loading and discharging cargoes and cart traffic, the realisation of which, but for his death, would now have been in progress.

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