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Alexander Bremner

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Alexander Bremner ( -1862)

Died 1862

1864 Obituary [1]

MR. ALEXANDER BREMNER was the eldest son of the late Mr. James Bremner, of Harbour Place, near Wick, N.B., a very old Member of the Institution, and of whom a memoir has already appeared.

After receiving a practical education on various works under his father, Mr. Alexander Bremner was engaged for about six years as Assistant-Engineer on the works at Lossiemouth, Carnish, and Calicott Harbours; he then acted as assistant to his brother, the late Mr. David Bremner (M. Inst. C.E.), at the West Hartlepool Harbour Dockworks, under Mr. James Simpson (Past President Inst. C.E.); and he next practised for six years on his own account as a Civil Engineer, during which time he was employed with his father in assisting in floating the Great Britain in Dundrum Bay, which was recovered in 1847.

He also executed several piers and harbour improvements at Rothsay, Gourock, Innellan, &c. ; and made many plans and reports for engineering works.

In the early part of the year 1562, he proceeded to China on an enterprise connected with the raising of submerged vessels, when he was attacked with cholera, to which he succumbed after only eight hours' illness, at Shanghae, on or about the 20th of October, 1862.

Mr. Alexander Bremner had only joined the Institution of Civil Engineers as an Associate in the previous year; but from the interest he evinced in the proceedings, it was evident that, had his life been prolonged, he would have followed the example so worthily set by his father, and would have contributed some useful practical experience to the stock of professional knowledge.

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