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Henry Coke Powell

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Henry Coke Powell (1842-1933)

of Bartrum Powell and Co., 35 Queen Victoria Street, London (1880).

care of Thomas Powell, 23 Rue St. Julien, Rouen, France : (or care of C. M. Roffe, 1 Bedford Row, London, W.C.) (1885)

1842 Born in Taibach, Glamorganshire, son of William Powell, receiver of wrecks, Admiralty, timber merchant[1]

1871 Henry Coke Powell 29, civil engineers draftsman, lived in Chelsea with Margaret Powell 26, Gladdgs Mores Powell 1, .. Powell (son) 1 month[2]

1878 Became a Member of I Mech E

1911 Henry Coke Powel 68, lived in Lewisham, representing a German and an Italian Engineering firm, with Margaret Powel 65, Edith Mary Powel 38, Annie Gwendolen Powel 25[3]

1933 Died at 51, Crystal Palace Park Road, Sydenham, M. Inst. C.E., M. I. Mech. E., M. Soc. C.E. (France).

* 1933 Obituary[4]

THERE died recently at his home in London an engineer whose active interest in his profession extended over nearly seventy-five years. Mr. H. C. Powell was born in 1842 and went to King's College, London, in 1858, while as recently as the end of 1932 he contributed some notes on aeronautics to a technical journal. He was associated with several important steps in engineering progress. Being on the staff of Mr. J. F. Spencer, when the North-Eastern Marine Engineering Company was formed, he became chief draughtsman in the works at Sunderland. Later he was engineer to the Antofagasta Nitrate Company and Railway in Chile. Then for ten years he managed the works of his cousin, M. Thomas Powell, at Rouen, where, besides other notable productions, the "Simplex" gas engine with electrical ignition was made in 1888. At that time he was also instrumental in putting a water-tube boiler in a tug on the Seine. This interest led to his acquaintance with M. Niclausse, with whom he negotiated the taking over of the manufacture in England of the Niclausse boiler by Messrs. Willans and Robinson at Queensferry. During the last twenty years Mr. Powell paid several visits to South America for engineering firms, and kept in touch with current developments in all branches of engineering, sending occasional communications to the Institute of Marine Engineers, of which, as well as of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, he was a member for many years.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1871 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. The Engineer 1933/12/22