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James Fletcher, Junior

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James Fletcher, Junior (1838-1874)

c.1838 Born son of James Fletcher

1866 James Fletcher, Junior, W. Collier and Co, Greengate, Salford, Manchester.[1]

1874 February 1st. Died.

1875 Obituary [2]

James Fletcher, Jun., was born in Manchester in 1838, and at the age of thirteen was employed in the drawing office at Messrs. W. Collier and Co's machine-tool works in Salford, Manchester, where he had every facility for learning the business of a mechanical draughtsman, his father being then a partner in the firm.

Subsequently he worked in the shops, and in 1863, when his father became the sole proprietor of the works, he was made manager, and continued in that position to the time of his death, which occurred on 1st February 1874, from the rupture of a blood vessel, in the 36th year of his age.

He designed and constructed some of the largest machine-tools that have been made; and also superintended the erection of all the plant and machinery in the Imperial Marine Factory at Cronstadt, and was well known as a practical engineer in Russia and other countries. On many occasions his opinion was asked and acted upon in reference to the production of heavy work by modem systems of plant and machinery.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1866.

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