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Thomas Alfred Reed

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Thomas Alfred Reed (1856-1931)

1896 of Bute Docks, Cardiff.

1931 Obituary[1]

"The Late Mr. T. A. Reed.— We regret to note the death, on October 14, at Newquay, Cornwall, of Mr. Thomas Alfred Reed, for many years consulting marine engineer and naval architect at Cardiff. The son of the late Mr. Thomas Fenwick Reed, of the County of Northumberland, Mr. T. A. Reed was born in 1856 and served his apprenticeship in the engine works department of Messrs. Palmer’s Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Limited, Jarrow-on-Tyne, from 1876 to 1881. For the succeeding three years he was engaged first as draughtsman and then as chargeman for this firm, during which time he superintended the fitting of the machinery on board several large steamers. From 1884 to the end of 1886, he was assistant superintendent engineer of the Inman Line of steamers, but, in 1887, he opened a practice as consulting engineer, naval architect and surveyor at Bute Docks, Cardiff, and during the years which followed, a large number of steamers were built under his supervision. The firm of which he was the head, Messrs. Thos. A. Reed, Limited, have their office at Atlas Chambers, West Bute-street, Cardiff. Mr. Reed became a member of the Institution of Naval Architects in 1890, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1891, of the South Wales Institute of Engineers in 1903,.. of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, in February, 1914, and of the North-East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in February, 1916. He was also for many years a member of the Institute of Marine Engineers."

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