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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Frederick Lewis

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Frederick Lewis, 1st Baron Essendon (1870–1944), known as Sir Frederick Lewis, Bt, between 1918 and 1932, was a British shipping magnate.

Fredrick Lewis was born in 1870.

In 1883, at the age of thirteen, he joined Furness, Withy and Co, a major shipping concern, based in Hartlepool.

By 1919 he had risen to become a Director of the Company and in that year he led a consortium which took ownership of the business.

He was created a Baronet in 1918 and raised to the peerage as Baron Essendon, of Essendon in the County of Hertford, in 1932.

He was instrumental in developing a system of sea water distillers which could produce fresh water in lifeboats during an emergency at sea.

He died in 1944.

He married (Daisy Ellen) Eleanor Harrison, by whom he had a son, Brian, who became a well-known racing driver, and daughter Frieda (1898-1979), who married Ian Patrick Robert Napier in 1927.


1944 Obituary [1]



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