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George Francis Gabriel Des Vignes

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Also see G. F. G. Des Vignes and Co of the West London Engineering Works, Gunnersbury

1848 Born in London, son of Georges and Selina Des Vignes, diamond dealer[1]

1878 Torpedo and steam launch maker of Bridge Road, Chertsey[2]

1879 His sister, Georgiana, married[3]

1889 Acquitted of manslaughter after an accident on the Thames involving a steam launch that he was steering[4]

1895 According to a letter from the company to The Engineer, George Francis Gabriel Des Vignes was famous for his fast, narrow river launches[5]

1898 In a letter to The Engineer, he stated he had designed a boiler for a steam carriage some months ago; the boiler was partially constructed and could be inspected at his works at Strand-on-the Green, Chiswick - see Des Vignes, Cloud and Co[6]

1898 Steam yacht and launch builder, of Strand on the Green, Chiswick[7]

1907 G. F. G. Des Vignes, of the West London Engineering Works, Gunnersbury, manufactured an improved power hack saw and a bench drilling machine[8]

1908 Designed a treble throw pump[9]

1926 Engineer, of Ealing, Brentford[10]

1933 Mechanical engineer, of Brentford[11]

1935 Died in Brentford[12]

1938 Engineer, of Brentford[13]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1878 Post Office Directory
  3. Parish records
  4. Old Bailey online
  5. The Engineer 1896/01/03
  6. The Engineer 1898/04/29
  7. 1898 Kelly's Directory
  8. The Engineer 1907
  9. The Engineer 1908
  10. 1926 Kelly's Directory
  11. 1933 Kelly's Directory
  12. BMD
  13. 1938 Kelly´s Directory of Chiswick