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Thomas George Martin

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Thomas George Martin (1849-1896) of James McGowan and Co

1896 Obituary [1]

THOMAS GEORGE MARTIN was born in Copenhagen on 8th September 1849, being the youngest son of Mr. John Martin of Aberdeen, who had gone out to Denmark as chief engineer of a steamer employed in the passenger trade to the Baltic ports, but returned to Glasgow in 1852.

There he attended school until nine years of age, when he was sent to Gordon's College, Aberdeen, where he remained for five years.

He was then apprenticed for five years at the London and Glasgow Engineering Works, Govan, Glasgow, where he afterwards worked for some time as journeyman.

After being employed for a short time in Liverpool by Messrs. Fawcett, Preston and Co., Phoenix Foundry, he went to sea for several years in steamers trading to the Mediterranean, India, and Brazil.

In 1872 he became assistant to Mr. George Hepburn, consulting engineer and naval architect in Liverpool, with whom he remained until 1881.

In that year he became superintendent engineer for Messrs. John Glynn and Son, Liverpool; and in 1887 entered into partnership with his two brothers-in-law in the firm of Messrs. James McGowan and Co., Wapping Wall, London, engineers and boiler makers.

On their death shortly afterwards he carried on the business by himself until the time of his death, which took place on 20th January 1896, at the age of forty-six.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1892.

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