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Frederick Jopling

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Frederick Jopling (1855-1890)

1890 Obituary [1]

. . . . was engaged for a year as contractor’s engineer on the Bedlington Water-works. On the completion of these works he returned to Thomas Meik and Sons, which firm had succeeded that of Meik and Nesbitt. In their office for the next eighteen months he was engaged in the designs of various harbours in Scotland, including Burntisland, Ayr, and Bo’ness Docks, and in November 1878, he was appointed Resident Engineer on the latter work.

While at Bo’ness he competed, and gained first premium offered by the local authorities for the best scheme for a system of drainage for that town. In 1882 the whole of the harbour works were successfully finished and opened. In March of the same year Mr. Jopling received the appointment of Assistant Engineer under John Fowler, to the Tees Conservancy Commission, and in the following August entered upon his duties. Here a large sphere of varied work lay before him in the multitudinous works carried on by the Commission, notably the reclamation works, the South Gare Breakwater, and the dredging. On the 22nd of February, 1888, he was appointed to the sole charge of all the works of the Commission, Mr. Fowler being retained as consulting engineer, and on the death of that gentleman in October of the same year, he was appointed Engineer-in-chief. . . . [more]

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