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James Wright (1825-1899)

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Sir James Wright (c1825-1899)

1899 Obituary [1]

"...Norwood in his seventy-sixth year.

James Wright, the son of Captain Wright, of Lawton, in Yorkshire served an apprenticeship in Dundee, and succeeded when but twenty two in obtaining employment with the Admiralty at Woolwich Dockyard in 1845. At that time the Admiralty was only debating the possibility of using steam. Young Wright seems to have been active, energetic, and clever in no ordinary degree, and he soon made himself so useful that at the time the steam department of the Navy was transferred from Woolwich to Government offices in Somerset House, in 1845, he went with it, and thence to Whitehall.

In 1860 Mr. T. Lloyd, at that time chief engineer to the Navy, had him appointed as his assistant, and when Mr. Lloyd retired in 1872,..."[More].

1899 Obituary [2]

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