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Alexander Joseph Bolton

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Alexander Joseph Bolton (1836- )

1922 M.Inst.C.E., Retired Chief Engineer, late Indian Navy, The Cedars, 84, Wells Road, Bath; b. 1836. Ed. at Crewe, Cheshire. Apprentice with George Forrester and Co. as Millwright, Engineer and Draughtsman, 1852-7. Proceeded to U.S.A., working at his profession at New York, Hartford, Connecticut, and Philadelphia, 1857-8; 1858 at works of James Watt and Co., engineers, Birmingham. In 1859 appointed Engineer for the Indian Navy; 1852 promoted Chief Engineer. During his service employed in the Government Dockyard, Kidderpore, Calcutta, as Head Draughtsman, and Chief Engineer of the Ferooz and Teresserim. November 19, 1879, retired on pension. January, 1880, appointed Superintendent Engineer-in-Charge of the Indian General Steam Navigation Company's Yard at Raja Bagau, near Calcutta, for the construction and repairs of the Company's fleet. January, 1882, appointed Superintendent Engineer of the Head Yard, also appointed by Government of. Bengal Examiner to the Board of Trade for Certified Engineers and Native Drivers. Retired finally August 26, 1892, having held position of Superintendent Engineer and Examiner for twelve years and served the Government of India nineteen years. Started business as Engineer and Contractor, Calcutta, October, 1892, undertaking structural work for P.W.D., Government of Nepal, Tea Gardens and Jute Mills, and ' works for the general public. 1901—retired from business. While Superintendent Engineer to the Indian General Steam Navigation Co., Ltd., was personally responsible for construction of fifty-four flats of a carrying capacity of from 500 to 1,000 tons each, thirty-six steamers and eight canal barges; constructed two Iron Pontoons. for Dacca and Mymensingh State Railway; constructed an iron telegraph boat for laying cables in rivers for Government Telegraph Department, etc. 1885—Laid down at Raja Bagau the Company's. lower yard, makers of Leith patent slipway with steam hauling gear. Also at Raja Bagau constructed a mud dock to accommodate two inland, vessels.

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