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Nathaniel Grew

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Nathaniel Grew (1829-1897)

1897 Obituary [1]

NATHANIAL GREW was born in Norwich on 6th October 1829.

After serving a pupilage with Messrs. W. Bridges Adams and Co., Fairfield Engineering Works, London, from 1846 to 1849, he was employed until 1851 on the South Eastern Railway in London and at Ashford.

From 1851 to 1853 he was engaged upon the survey and setting out of part of the Madrid and Valencia Railway on the section from Albacete to Almansa, under the Marquis Salamanca and Mr. W. Greene.

From 1854 to 1859 he was chief assistant to Sir William Siemens in connection with his improvements in engines, furnaces, and iron and steel manufacture.

In 1860 he commenced business on his own account as a civil engineer in London, and was consulting engineer to several large mercantile firms, having charge of their engineering work.

For some years he was connected with railway work in the Argentine, Central America, Peru, and Brazil, advising on the supply of material to lines in those countries.

His last important work was the construction of the produce market at Bahia Blanca for the Bahia Blanca and North Western Railway.

He designed a locomotive for running on ice, which was reported to have worked successfully in Russia on the River Neva during the winter of 1861, conveying passengers and goods between St. Petersburg and Cronstadt. A model of it, shown in the Exhibition of 1862, is now in the South Kensington Museum.

His death took place at his residence at Lee, London, on 11th July 1897, in his sixty-eighth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1874.

1897 Obituary [2]

NATHANIEL GREW, born on the 6th October, 1829, served his pupilage at the Fairfield Engineering Works, London, under the late W. Bridges Adams, from 1846 to 1849.

He was then employed on the South Eastern Railway in London and at Ashford until 1851, when he proceeded to Spain and was engaged for two years on the survey and setting out of the Albacete-Almansa section of the Madrid and Valencia Railway.

From 1854 to 1859 he was Chief Assistant to Sir William Siemens, by whom he was employed on work in connection with various improvements in iron and steel manufacture and in engines and furnaces.

In 1860 Mr. Grew began to practise on his own account. He became Consulting Engineer to several large firms of merchants and for many years was engaged in advising as to the supply of materials for railways in Argentina, Central America, Peru and Brazil.

The last important work with which he was connected was the Produce Market at Bahia Blanca, Argentina, for the Bahia Blanca and North Western Railway Company. He had only just inspected at Glasgow the material for that work on the day when he was seized with his fatal illness. Mr. Grew died at his residence, Clarence House, Belmont Park, Lee, on the 11th July, 1897.

He was elected an Associate on the 6th March, 1860, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 6th April, 1897.

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