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Thomas Frederick Irwin (1848-1897)
1897 Obituary 
THOMAS FREDERICK IRWIN was born in Birmingham on 10th May 1818.
He commenced his apprenticeship in January 1863 at the Britannia Iron Works, Sunderland, and at the end of 1866 went into the service of Messrs. Thompson and Boyd, Newcastle-on-Tyne, where he completed his apprenticeship, and remained some years as journeyman.
On leaving them he went to the works of Messrs. Samuel Tyzack and Co., thence to Messrs. William Pile and Co., shipbuilders, Sunderland, to the North Eastern Marine Engine Works, Sunderland, and then to a firm in Stockton-on-Tees.
He next went to sea for a time as a sea-going engineer, and then from 1870 to 1877 was draughtsman and manager to the Wallsend Slipway Co.
From 1877 to 1883 he was superintendent engineer to the Inman Steamship Co. of Liverpool, where he superintended the building of the "City of Rome" and other steamers.
In 1883 he commenced business in Liverpool as consulting engineer and naval architect, and in 1889 entered into partnership in the firm of Irwin, Atkinson, and Young.
Having been for some time in indifferent health, he died at Gilsland, near Carlisle, on 11th June 1897, at the age of forty-nine.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1894.