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Morris West Ruthven

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Inventor and Patentee.

c.1813 Born in Edinburgh, son of John Ruthven

1847 Married Harriet Duncan in Edinburgh[1]

1851 of New Street, Edinburgh; demonstrated a model steam vessel propelled by a hydraulic system.

1861 Morris West Ruthven 48, ship builder's draughtsman, lived in Greenock East, with Harriet Comie Ruthven 40, John Ruthven 12, Morris West Ruthven 11, Mary West Ruthven 8, Elizabeth Duncan Ruthven 6, James Henry Ruthven 3, William Brown Ruthven 1[2]

1866 Built a lifeboat powered by hydraulic propulsion which was tested by the Admiralty[3]

1871 Engineer, of 48 St.Paul's Road, Burdett Road, London, E., had a Letter published in The Engineer.

1871 Morris W Ruthven 58, civil engineer, lived in St Paul's Road, Mile End, with Harriett Ruthven 49, John R Ruthven 22, Morris W Ruthven 21, Elizabeth D Ruthven 16, James H Ruthven 13, William B Ruthven 11, Samuel P Ruthven 6[4]

1881 Morris W. Ruthven 68, mechanical engineer, lived in Poplar, with Harriet C. Ruthven 59, John R. Ruthven 32, marine engine draughtsman, Elizabeth D. Ruthven 26, William B. Ruthven 21, Samuel P. Ruthven 16[5]

1901 Retired marine engineer, lived in West Ham with his son John and family[6]

1902 Died in West Ham[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1861 census
  3. The Engineer 1895/10/18
  4. 1871 census
  5. 1881 census
  6. 1901 census
  7. BMD