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Wilhelm Westhofen

From Graces Guide

1842 Born in Germany

The following information is drawn from from 'The Forth Bridge – A Picture History' by Sheila Mackay.[1]

Westhofen trained as an engineer and became a draughtsman in Cologne and Mannheim

1867 Moved to London

1891 Moved to South Africa to supervise construction of the Gouritz River Cantilever Bridge (designed by Benjamin Baker).

1892 Became Head of the Engineering Branch of Cape Town Public Works Dept.

1925 Died

Westhofen was Assistant Engineer for the Forth Bridge works, with responsibility for foundations and pier building and for the construction of the central 'Inchgarvie' cantilever. In 1890 he wrote an invaluable and comprehensive account of the design and construction of the bridge.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. ‘The Forth Bridge – A Picture History’ by Sheila Mackay, HMSO, 1993
  2. [1] Online copy of 'The Forth Bridge' by W. Westhofen, reprinted from 'Engineering', 28 February 1890, made available by archive.com