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James Cook

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c.1785 James Cook commenced business as millwright and engineer, in premises near St. Enoch Square, Glasgow, which later became James Cook and Co

c.1800 he moved to the south side of the Clyde, where he erected extensive works.

1812 His first marine engine was fitted into the Elizabeth, making Cook the first on the Clyde to design and construct machinery expressly for a steamboat.

c.1815 James Cook, who had a works at Tradeston, Glasgow, built a sugar mill driven by a beam engine for a West Indian plantation, laying the foundations of what was to become a significant speciality.

1822 Mentioned as 'James Cook, engineer in Glasgow'[1]

By about 1824 Cook had supplied the machinery for over twenty steamers.

About 1835 James Cook died.

Cook Street in Glasgow is named for James Cook, a well-known engineer whose works were there. He engined some of the earlier steamers on the Clyde.


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Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald - Friday 26 July 1822