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James Bradford Trew

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James Bradford Trew (1859-1894)

1894 Obituary [1]

JAMES BRADFORD TREW was born at Swansea on 18th July 1859, and was educated at Queen's College, Taunton.

He served his time with Messrs. Vivian and Son in their constructive works at Swansea, and completed his course in the drawing office and works of Messrs. Muir and Houston, marine engineers, Glasgow.

He next assisted Mr. James W. Chenhalls in the construction and erection of machinery for a chemical works at Morriston, near Swansea.

Afterwards he went to sea, and served in several large steamers trading with the East under the superintendence of Messrs. Flannery and Baggallay, and others.

Having passed the Board of Trade examinations, including that of extra chief engineer, he went to Japan in 1887, and served in the Nippon Yusen Kaisha.

On his return to England in 1893 he superintended the finishing and took charge of some new engines for an engineering firm at West Hartlepool in a large steamer engaged in the China trade, and while on this duty was attacked with fever at Hong Kong, and died there on 18th September 1894, at the age of thirty-five.

During his career he made a special study of electric lighting on board ship, and superintended several installations on ships he had to do with.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1886.

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