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Charles Alexander Crook

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Charles Alexander Crook (1838-1901)

1885 of Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Works, Enderby's Wharf, East Greenwich, London, S.E.

1901 Obituary [1]

CHARLES ALEXANDER CROOK was born at Pendleton, near Manchester, on 2nd February 1838.

He served five years' apprenticeship in the Britannia Works of Messrs. James Taylor and Co., Birkenhead, a portion of the time being spent in the drawing office.

On its completion in 1859, he went to sea as a marine engineer.

Subsequently he worked as a fitter in the works of Messrs. Fawcett, Preston and Co. of Liverpool, Messrs. Laird Brothers of Birkenhead, and of Messrs. Blyth and Co. of London.

In 1877 he was appointed engineer superintendent to the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co., East Greenwich, having charge of the machinery of their submarine telegraph factories, and of the extensive workshops for repairs and manufacture of new machinery, and the engineering superintendence of the fleet of steamships.

He remained in the service of the company to the time of his death, which took place at Bournemouth after a long illness on 7th May 1901, at the age of sixty-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.

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