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Thomas Wilson (1843-1890)

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Thomas Wilson (1843-1890)

1890 Obituary [1]

THOMAS WILSON was born on 126th October 1843 at Inverneil, Ardrishaig, Argyleshire.

He received his early training with Messrs. Denny and Co., Dumbarton; and on the completion of his service with that firm he entered the employment of Messrs. John Elder and Co., Govan, and also spent a considerable time with Messrs. J. and S. Thompson, Dalmuir. He thus acquired a thorough knowledge not only of the marine engine, but also of shipbuilding and repairing.

He then went to sea as an engineer, and was afterwards employed by Messrs. Jardine Mathieson and Co., Shanghai, China, where he remained for several years.

On his return to England he became connected with the works of Messrs. Amos and Smith, and the Wilson line of steamers, Hull.

In 1880 he was appointed, by the committee of Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping, to the position of engineer surveyor for the Tyne district.

He afterwards took the management of the engine department of the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Co., Newcastle, with whom he remained until 1887, when he received the appointment of superintendent engineer to the General Steam Navigation Co., London, with the entire management of their repairing works at Deptford.

His death occurred on 15th January 1890 at the age of forty-six, from an attack of the influenza epidemic.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.

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