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John Smith (11)

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Worked on the western division of the River Nene Navigation with Thomas Yeoman and was trained by his father, the engineer for the River Don Navigation and both father and son were engaged on the Yorkshire Ouse. He gave evidence with John Smeaton and John Grundy before the House of Commons Committee considering the Ouse Navigation Bill in 1767.[1]

1767 Started work on the River Ure navigation

1772 Gave evidence on the Bill for drainage of low grounds south of Market Weighton and for a canal from the Humber to the town. He was eventually appointed assistant engineer on the revised scheme devised by Grundy.

1772 Admitted to membership of the Society of Civil Engineers

1774 Started work on the River Bure Navigation

1776 With James Creassy reported on drainage of the Witham fens downstream of Lincoln.

1777 Drew up plans for the Erewash Canal but a more ambitious scheme by Jessop was selected.

1778-9 Completed the Bure Navigation

1782 Last recorded communication with Smeaton

1784 June: Listed as having died since the previous meeting of the Society of Civil Engineers

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Smeatonians: The Society of Civil Engineers. By Garth Watson
  • A biographical dictionary of engineers in Great Britain and Ireland by A. W. Skempton