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Thomas Morton (1781-1832) of Leith
1818 He invented the patent slip as a cheaper alternative to a dry dock for ship repair. It consisted of an inclined plane, which extended well into the water and wooden cradle onto which a ship was floated. The ship was then attached to the cradle and hauled out of the water up the slip.
1834 Death. 'At Inverness, of malignant cholera, on the 30th ult. Mr Thomas Morton, jun. civil engineer, Edinburgh, second son of Baillie Morton of Kilmarnock.'