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Thomas John Haynes

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Thomas John Haynes (1837-1887)

1862 Thomas John Haynes, Engineer and Ship Builder, Cadiz.[1]

1887 January 11th. Died.[2]

1887 Obituary [3]

THOMAS JOHN HAYNES was born at Cadiz, Spain, in April 1837, and died at Gibraltar on 11th January 1887, at the age of forty-nine. He was the eldest son of the late Thomas Haynes, of Puntales, Cadiz, who was the founder of the extensive forges and repairing establishments at Puntales and Gibraltar.

After having passed the usual term of apprenticeship with his father at Puntales, he removed in 1865 to Gibraltar, where he thenceforth conducted the management of the Oa1pe Foundry and Forge, and the Gibraltar branch of the shipping business carried on in conjunction with his brothers from 1865 with their own steamers plying between Cadiz, Gibraltar, and the Spanish and Italian ports.

During this period the firm took part in the successful salvage of a large number of steamers and other vessels, in addition to carrying out extensive repairs in many critical cases; and at the time of his death they had just concluded engagements to carry out important works at Cadiz for the Spanish government, and also for extensive dredging operations at the harbour at Huelva. In most of the commercial enterprises of the district he took a leading part. The universal esteem in which his business character and other qualities were held was attested by the large concourse attending his funeral, which included the highest officers of the government and of the principal public bodies, together with the leading merchants.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1862.

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