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Sidney Alexander Houghton

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Sidney Alexander Houghton

Born 4 June 1864, in Leyton, Essex.

Apprenticed at H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth, on 1st July 1879.

On the 1881 census he is recorded as being an engineering student at the Training School at Stoke Damerel, Devon

1885-1893: Served in the Royal Navy.

On resigning his commission in the Royal Navy in 1894 and shortly afterwards worked for Galloways of Manchester. In 1895 he was appointed an engineer-surveyor to the Marine Department of the Board of Trade; and after three years at Liverpool he was transferred to the Consultative Office at London. He was a Member (Associate?) of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Member of the Iron and Steel Institute etc.

The above information is condensed from the Houghton Tree website.

1885 Patents relating to electric drills.

1922 Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., M.I. and S.I., Marine Engineer, The Bungalow, Crownhill, Devon; b. 1864; s. of late Charles James Houghton of Leyton, Essex. Ed. Guildford, and All Saints' School, Bloxham. Entered as Engineer Student, Royal Navy, in 1879, and had six years' training at the schools at Portsmouth and Devonport Dockyards, followed by one year at Greenwich College. Assistant Engineer and Engineer, Royal Navy, 1886-93; with Galloways, Ltd., 1894-6; entered Board of Trade as Engineer Surveyor, 1896, stationed at Liverpool, Consultative Office, London, and Glasgow; senior Surveyor, Greenock, June, 1919; Plymouth, June, 192o. Patentee of several inventions: " Electric Drilling Machine," " Differential Speed Indicator," " Improvements in Watertube Boilers," etc. Publications: "The Internal Structure of Iron and Steel," Institution of Marine Engineers, 1902; " Note on the Failure of an Iron Plate through ' Fatigue,' " Iron and Steel Institute, 1905; " Failures of Heavy Boiler Shell Plates," Iron and Steel Institute, 1914; " On Certain Failures of Steel Boiler Plates under Pressure," West of Scotland Iron and Steel Institute, 1918.

Died in Thwaite, Hermitage, Berkshire on 20 December 1934, aged 70. Buried in Abbotsham, Devon.

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