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Luke George Sgouta

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Luke George Sgouta (1854-1896)

1896 Obituary [1]

LUKE GEORGE SGOUTA, born in 1854, was educated at the High School of Halki, one of the Princes Islands in the Sea of Marmora, which he left in 1870 for Geneva, where he studied engineering for five years.

He came to England in 1875 and served a pupilage of twelve months to Mr. Joseph Kincaid, under whom he made surveys and prepared plans for tramways at Bristol, Gloucester and Leeds.

He was next apprenticed for two years to Mr. John Fraser, of Leeds, for whom he acted as a Resident Engineer on the Batley and Dewsbury Railway.

In July, 1878, Mr. Sgouta proceeded to Constantinople and two years later was appointed Second Engineer on the Scutari and Ismid Railway in Asia Minor.

In 1882 he established himself in Greece and during the next fourteen years took an active part in several important enterprises in that country, among which may be mentioned the drainage of Lake Copai’s and the construction of the harbour of Catacolo. He was also connected with various Greek mines, and he prepared plans for the port of Heraclea on the Black Sea.

Mr. Sgouta died at Athens on the 17th of February, 1896, from pneumonia.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 7th of December, 1880.

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