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Frederick Carley Coxhead

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Frederick Carley Coxhead (1828-1895)

of 27 Leadenhall Street, London, E.C.


1895 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK CARLEY COXHEAD was born at Greenwich on 24th May 1828.

Developing at an early age considerable mechanical ability, he was apprenticed in 1844 to Messrs. John Penn and Sons, Greenwich.

On the completion of his term he left, but returned in 1853 and remained till 1860.

He was then appointed manager to the London and Westminster Express Steam Boat Co., and held that position for six years.

In 1866 he undertook the management of the works of Messrs. Malo and Co., engineers, at Dunkirk, France; and on the breaking out of the Franco-German war in 1870 he returned to England.

He next became manager of the Vauxhall Foundry, Liverpool; and during his engagement there the new era in the transatlantic mail service was inaugurated by the establishment of the White Star line of steamers, of which several of the earlier were engined by the Vauxhall Foundry under his superintendence.

In 1873 ill health compelled him to retire from active participation in the management of works of such dimensions; and he returned to London, where he established himself in 1875 as a consulting engineer and steamship surveyor.

Having suffered for some months latterly from a complication of diseases, he was seized with apoplexy and paralysis, which terminated in his death at his residence at Leytonstone on 2nd February 1895, in his sixty-seventh year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1878.


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