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Joseph John Ruston

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Born 3 March 1809 in Poplar, died 2 March 1895 in Vienna.

Brother of John Joseph Ruston.

Joseph John Ruston was the son of the Poplar shipyard owner John Joseph Ruston. He had three brothers.

He completed his training as a ship's carpenter and mechanical engineer. In 1832, Boulton and Watt sent him to Austria, where he took a senior position in John Andrews' shipyard in Vienna-New-Leopoldau. In 1837 Andrews' shipyard had to give way to the construction of the northern railway embankment. Ruston remained in Austria and directed the construction of the steamer Sophie am Traunsee. In 1840 he designed the ship Bohemia. From 1850 he was involved with his brother John at the engineering company Ruston and Evans in Karolinenthal near Prague, which from 1854 was named Ruston and Co. Until 1869 he was involved in the management of this company, later as Prager Maschinenbau AG, formerly Ruston & Co.

From 1854 to 1859 together with his brother John Joseph Ruston he ran a shipyard near Klosterneuburg. In 1857, they also took over the shipyard of Breitfeld and Evans near Floridsdorf, which John Joseph Ruston led until his death in 1873.

In 1848 Joseph John Ruston married Isabella Elisabeth Andrews, b. Hepbourn, the widow of John Andrews, who died in 1847. He acquired from the the rights for the Elbe and the Traunsee shipping. In 1851 he gave up the concession for shipping on the Elbe, and instead he expanded the traffic on the Traunsee together with his brother and partner John Joseph Ruston. His nephew became his partner in 1894 and continued the business after Joseph John Ruston's death.

The above information is translated and condensed from the German Wikipedia entry.

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