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William Esplen (c1832-1914)
c1832 Born in Glasgow
c.1854 Chief engineer of the William McCormick
1858 Married in Liverpool to Sarah Park and they had twelve children
1865 Patent. '2865. To William Esplen, of Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, Engineer, and James Clarke, of the same place, Master Mariner, for the invention of "improvements in steering gear for navigable vessels."'
1867 Patent. '730. To William Esplen, of Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, Engineer, and James John Briggs Bland, of the the same place, Architect, for the invention of " improvements in signalling apparatus, and in the liquid to be used therewith, and which liquid not being subject to congelation may be used as a vehicle for communicating power."'
1871 Patent. '342. To Henry Wilke, of Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, Engineer, and William Esplen, also of Liverpool aforesaid, Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in safety valves for marine boilers."'
1874 Patent. '4189. To William Esplen, of Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, Engineer, for the invention of "the utilization of steam from the deck engines of ships, and apparatus employed therein."'
1911 Living at The Willows, Serpentine South, Blundellsands, Great Crosby: William Esplen (age 79 born Glasgow), Consulting Engineer and Naval Architect. With his wife Susannah Esplen (age 73 born Liverpool) and several children and grand-children. Four servants.
1914 December 9th. Died. Probate to John Esplen, Consulting engineer, and William Esplen, shipowner