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Henry Alfred Wood

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Henry Alfred Wood (1866-1936)


1936 Obituary [1]

HENRY ALFRED WOOD was born in Sheffield in 1866.

He served a seven years' apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer and shipbuilder, commencing in 1882, with Sir Robert Dixon and Company, of Middlesbrough.

After a year's additional experience in Southampton as a draughtsman with Messrs. O. Mordaunt and Company, he was appointed chief draughtsman to Messrs. William Harkess and Sons, Middlesbrough.

From 1892 to 1895 he was chief draughtsman to Messrs. William Pickersgill and Sons, of Sunderland, and during the latter year he also took over the duties of manager.

He then commenced his long connexion with the Tees Conservancy Commission, which was terminated by his retirement in 1926. He was appointed chief mechanical engineer and graving dock manager in 1895, and also acted as marine surveyor to the Commission. In 1912, Mr. Wood was appointed chief engineer to the Commission. Several powerful dredgers and four 1,020-ton steam hoppers were built to his designs.

After his retirement he lived at Marton-in-Cleveland, Yorks, where his death occurred on 30th November 1936.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1911.


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