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June 1872.

Lewis Olrick (1827-1880) of Lewis Olrick and Co.

27 Leadenhall Street, London. (1870) [1]

1880 Obituary [2]

Mr. LEWIS OLRICK, a Danish engineer, who has been engaged in business in London for a number of years, died rather suddenly in his own office, Leadenhall Street, on the 21st September last.

Deceased was a thoroughly practical engineer, having been trained for that profession at some of the best schools in his own country. He was the designer of a number of marine engines made by Maudsley, Sons, and Field, and other firms. He was, however, less known in general practice than as the representative and manufacturer of the Field boiler, to the development of which he latterly devoted much of his time. Mr. Olrick had been a member of the Institute since 1873, but his name does not frequently appear in the proceedings.

In the discussion on Mr. Joy's paper on "The Howard Boiler" (Journal, No. I., 1875), and in that on Mr. D. Adamson's paper on "High-Pressure Steam. Generally, and its Application to Quadruple Engines" (Journal, No. II., 1875), he was, however, able to take such a part as showed his very full knowledge of the subject of the generation of steam.

1881 Obituary [3]

LEWIS OLRICK was born at Frederiksberg in Denmark, on 26th September 1827, and after leaving college served his time in a marine engineering shop, and then entered the Danish navy as an engineer.

About 1849 he came to London, and was employed with Messrs. Maudslay Sons Field; and afterwards became manager to an engineering firm in the North of England.

About 1858 he started in business for himself as a consulting engineer in London, and was engaged as scientific witness in numerous patent cases.

For many years past he manufactured and successfully introduced the "Field" boilers and tubes.

His death took place from an apoplectic seizure on 21st August 1880, in the fifty-third year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1867.

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