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William Wallace Girdwood (1837-1922)
of the Indestructible Packing Works, 9 Lea Place, East India Dock Road, Poplar, London, E.
1922 Obituary 
WILLIAM WALLACE GIRDWOOD was born at Keighley, Yorkshire, in 1837, and at the age of twelve commenced a seven years' apprenticeship in the workshops of Mr. Todd at Leeds.
After a short period with Messrs. John Penn and Sons, of Greenwich, he joined Messrs. Winans and Co. as experimental engineer, and remained with this firm upwards of forty years. During this time he devoted himself to the study of the screw-propeller and to the various problems of marine propulsion. Among several patents taken out by him, should be mentioned a form' of metallic packing and an electric governor.
He died on 16th May 1922, aged eighty-five years.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1881.