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John Webster

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John Webster (1840-1875)


1876 Obituary [1]

JOHN WEBSTER was born at Aberdeen in September 1840, and received his training as an engineer in the works of Messrs. Mackinnon and Co., Aberdeen.

In 1860 he went to Bahia, Brazil, as draughtsman and millwright to Messrs. Cameron Smith and Co. for three years.

He then commenced business at Bahia with Mr. Hopkins under the firm of Hopkins and Webster, which was very successful, employing 250 workmen.

His death was occasioned by an accident in the works on 27th December 1875, at the age of 35.

In the same week the first iron steamer built in Bahia was launched from the works.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1875.


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