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Henry Christian Lobnitz

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Henry Christian Lobnitz (1831-1896) of Lobnitz and Co

Engineer and shipbuilder.

1861 Foreman engineer at ship yard; lived in the house of brothers James and Charles Henderson in Renfrew[1]

1866 Partner in Henderson, Coulborn and Co

1872 Henry Christian Lobnitz, of the firm of Henderson, Coulborn, and Company, of the town and county of Renfrew, North Britain, Engineer and Ship Builder, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in generating steam, and in the apparatus employed therefor, which improvements are also applicable for heating fluids, and for heating or evaporating liquids."[2]

1896 Died on 18th December at Clarence House, Renfrew.

1896 Obituary [3]

Born in Frederica, Denmark, in 1831, and came of an engineering stock, several members of his family having held responsible posts in connection with the Danish Royal Arsenals for the manufacture of guns and small arms. Young Lobnitz early showed a bent towards engineering, and quite early in life came to London with the object of following the profession of his choice in a larger field.

He was naturalised as a British subject and served with several well-known London firms, including that of Messrs. Penn. He was in the employ of Mr. John Scott Russell at the time the Great Eastern was constructed.

As engineer also in one of her Majesty's ships he went through the Crimean War. On again seeking scope for his ambition on shore he proceeded to the Clyde, and in 1857 joined the engineering and ship building firm of James Henderson and Son, Ship Dock, Renfrew.

Of this firm he subsequently became the head, and under the style of Lobnitz and Co., Limited, the business has developed very largely under his administration into one which became known throughout the world for its specialities in the way of dredging plant, and rock-cutting machinery. General shipbuilding work has also been largely undertaken, including a large number of steamers for Danish and Swedish owners......[more]

1896 Obituary [4]

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