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George Dodd

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Surveyor and Civil-Engineer

Born in Newcastle, son of Ralph Dodd[1]

1782 Baptised

Served in the Royal Navy

1811 Bankrupt. '...George Dodd, late of Vauxhall Place, South Lambeth, in the County of Surrey, Surveyor, Civil-Engineer, Dealer and Chapman, and he being declared a Bankrupt...'[2]

c.1814 He was largely responsible for the introduction of steam power on The Thames. He was also the first Englishman to prove the practicability of navigating steam ships on the high seas. Acquired the PS Argyle on the Clyde and sailed her to London, before putting her to work on the London to Margate service[3]

Between 1816 and 1818 he designed the machinery for the Majesta and the Victory steamers which were built by Dickson and used to compete on the Margate service.

Patent on means of extinguishing fires at sea

1827 Died in London

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1881/11/11
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:28 May 1811 Issue:16490 Page:1010
  3. The Engineer 1867/10/04
  • Biography of George Dodd, ODNB