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William Morgan (Bristol)

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William Morgan (1791-1875) was the son of William Morgan of London (1754-1824).

He was a partner in Acraman and Morgan of Bristol.

He entered Stoneyhurst College in 1802, and trained at the school of naval architecture at H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth.

He became a consulting engineer and naval architect, initially at H.M. Dockyards at Portsmouth and Sheerness, and then with Austrian Lloyd in Trieste.

Morgan and barrister James Lancaster Lucena bought Elijah Galloway's paddle wheel patent (No. 5805). Morgan improved it, and Morgan's feathering paddles became very popular.

Morgan took out four patents relating to steam engines, and was a witness in various Parliamentary Select Committees.

The above information is largely drawn from 'Men of Iron - the History of the McArthur Group' by H S Torrens[1]

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  1. 'Men of Iron - the History of the McArthur Group' by H S Torrens, published by the McArthur Group 1984: ISBN 0 9509375 0 9