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Thomas Wilson (1781-1873)

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Thomas Wilson (1781-1873)

"...Thomas Wilson, a carpenter mechanic in the employ of the Forth and Clyde Canal company, constructed for that company the first iron vessel to ply in regular service in Scotland. This was the Vulcan, built on the banks of the Monkland Canal at Faskine, near Coatbridge, and launched on May 14th, 1819. . . . The constructor of the Vulcan died at the age of ninety-two, and was succeeded by his son Robert, and he in turn was followed by his son Thomas, whose death took place on the 1st inst., and who was engineer on the canal for forty years. There was thus an unbroken succession of the same family connected with the canal for nearly a hundred years. . . [1]


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  1. The Engineer 13th November 1908