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Charles Henry Bailey

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Charles Henry Bailey (1847-1907) of C. H. Bailey

1847 Born in Finsbury, London, son of Thomas William Bailey, an engineer, and his wife Matilda[1]

1881 Charles A. Bailey 33, marine engineer, lived in Tynemouth with Charlotte A. Bailey 27[2]

1891 Charles H Bailey 42, engineer and ship repairer, employer, lived in Newport, Mons., with Charlotte A R Bailey 36[3]

1895 Married Gertrude Mary Buchanan in Islington[4]

1901 Charles H Bailey 50, engineer and ship repairer, employer, lived in Newport, Mons., with Gertrude M Bailey 30, Charles H Bailey 5, James N Bailey 4, George B. Bailey 2, Gertrude M Bailey 1[5]


1907 Obituary[6]

Mr. C. H. BAILEY, the proprietor of the Tyne Engineering Works, Newport, Mon., died on Monday last at Newport. He was in his fifty-ninth year, and had been long identified with the industrial and social life of the district. He was born in London, and after a promising scholastic career entered the engineering works of Messrs. Robert Stephenson and Sons on Tyneside as an apprentice, and in due course was occupied at Woolwich Arsenal. He appears to have early applied himself to the marine branch of his profession, and by vigorous effort secured a first-class marine certificate, following which he represented his firm in various parts of the world, notably in laying down important cables. While still a comparatively young man he undertook and carried out efficiently the duties of superintendent engineer of the River Niger Company. About 1880 his attention was directed to Newport as a promising field for engineering labours, and there he began hopeful career as engineer, soon becoming conspicuous for his ability, energy, and powers of organisation. His enterprise was particularly shown by his conduct of his branch at Barry Docks, where for years he has been prominent for his success in able mechanical application in ship repairing.

As showing that he was a busy man, Newport and Barry did not fill up the scope of his labours. He was an author of ability, and will be remembered for many publications of utility to seagoing engineers. Two of his works may be especially named - his "Distance Tables from Port to Port," enumerating more than 40,000 distances, and his compilation of seafaring terms in various languages. There may be named, apart from his handy works, which engineers valued, his reference notes, his pocket-book refills, &c. &c.




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Sources of Information

  1. 1853 Baptism record
  2. 1881 census
  3. 1891 census
  4. Parish records
  5. 1901 census
  6. The Engineer 1907/02/15