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Edward Hayes

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Edward Hayes (1845-1917) of Edward Hayes (Stony Stratford)

Probably the son of Edward Hayes, Senior


1917 Obituary [1]

EDWARD HAYES was born at Stony Stratford, Bucks, on 4th May 1845.

He entered the engineering profession in 1863, as a pupil, under his father, at the Watling Works, Stony Stratford, where he remained for about five years.

Subsequently he was engaged for about three years on the construction of small steam-vessels and machinery on the River Weaver, being afterwards employed by the late Mr. Thomas Graham, of Leamington, on canal survey and experiments with light-draught vessels on canals and rivers.

He took part in the management of the Watling Works from 1869 to 1876, during which time he was engaged on the construction of marine-engines and small steam-vessels, and on the death of his father the works became his property. Numbers of these vessels, together with stern-wheelers and paddle-boats, have been sent abroad, and he took honours at the Paris Exhibition in 1889 for his design of steamers for the London Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

Examples of his work are afloat in various quarters of the world, for he had built steamers for the Admiralty, Crown Colonies, the Shah of Persia, the Sultan of Morocco, Trinity House, &c. He brought out numerous devices for improving steamers, including one for circulating water in an internal condenser by the action of the propeller, and more recently one for cheapening and facilitating the exportation of small steamers, making it possible to erect them at the site of their work. Many of his boats are engaged in the War, some of which are used for hunting submarines.

His death took place at Stony Stratford, on 5th April 1917, in his seventy-second year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1882. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


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