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Thomas Kirkwood

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Thomas Kirkwood (1850-1884) of Kirkwood and Turner

1885 Obituary [1]

THOMAS KIRKWOOD was born at Southampton on 30th April 1850, being the second son of the late Mr. Thomas Kirkwood, of the firm of Messrs. Kirkwood and Turner, engineers, Malta.

After serving his time for two years in the machine works of Messrs. Crawhall and Campbell, Glasgow, and for four years in the works of Messrs. R. Napier and Sons, Glasgow, he entered the service of the Royal West India Mail Co. as sea-going engineer.

In 1874 he went out to China, and was chief engineer of various steamers in the China Seas. He also superintended the building and engining of a composite paddle river-steamer and a tug steamer, and the rebuilding of the steam-ship "Albay" in Hong Kong, for Messrs. Russell Sturgis and Co., Manila.

In 1879 he became harbour engineer of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Co., Hong Kong ; and this position he retained until his death, which took place at Hong Kong on 29th August 1884, at the age of thirty-four.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1882.

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