James Martin Thomas (1854-1909)
1909 Obituary 
JAMES MARTIN THOMAS was born at Carnarvon on 21st June 1854.
He was educated at Hawarden Grammar School and at Waterloo High School, Liverpool.
At the age of sixteen he commenced an apprenticeship in the engineering works of Messrs. De Winton and Co., of Carnarvon, and on its completion, when he was twenty-two, he went to sea as a junior engineer in one of the ships of the Boston Line, belonging to Messrs. Richards, Mills, and Co.
After three years' service he became qualified as engineer, and took several boats on their first voyage.
In 1890 he was appointed superintending engineer for the same firm, and subsequently in addition acted in the same capacity during several years for the Dominion Line of steamers, until they were taken over by the American amalgamation.
In 1903 he severed his connection with the firm.
His death took place at Hoylake, Cheshire, on 17th June 1909, just prior to his fifty-fifth birthday.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1896.