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Thomas William Carlton

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of Taite and Carlton, 63 Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C.; and 1 Canfield Gardens, Priory Road, West Hampstead, London, N.W.

Son of Samuel Carlton, Manager of the Locomotive Works of the Great Western Railway at Swindon


1926 Retirement

Retired from his post as Engineer Surveyor-in-Chief of the Consultative Branch of the Marine Department of the Board of Trade and was succeeded in office by Mr A. E. Laslett.

Mr Carlton enjoyed a very varied and interesting career. He was an apprentice at the works of Westray, Copeland and Co. After completing his apprenticeship, he went to sea, and spent several years on ships of the British and India and Ducal lines.

1890 Joined the Marine Department of the Board of Trade and was appointed to the Hull office.

1899 Transferred to the Consultative Department in London.

Mr Carlton, for many years, acted as assessor to the Board of Trade inspecting officers in their inquiries into the explosions of locomotive boilers. Thus, he assisted at the following investigations.[1]

1900 25th September, Westerfield, Great Eastern.

1901 11th March, Knottingley, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

1906 9th April, the Oaks, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

1907 25th September, Wath, Hull and Barnsley.

1909 21st April, Cardiff, Rhymney.

1912 29th April, Tunbridge Wells, South-Easter and Chatham.

1912 He became Assistant to the Engineer Surveyor-in-Chief.

1916 He was appointed Engineer Surveyor-in-Chief and Inspector of the anchor and chain cable proving establishments. He was associated with the Committee on British Marine Engineering Design and Construction which was appointed by the Institution of Naval Architects.

1921 11th November, 'in the inquiry into the Buxton, London and North-Western, explosion, Major Hall was assisted by Mr Cranwell.'

More recently he was a member of the Committee appointed by the Institution of Electrical Engineers to draw up regulations governing the electrical equipment of ships. He is also associated with the Marine Oil Engines Trials Committee and the Sections Committee of the British Engineering Standards Association. Great progress has been made in marine engine and boiler design during the term of Mr Carlton's office, but he has continued to show himself in close sympathy with the developments. At the recent Spring Meetings of the Institution of Naval Architects he expressed his confidence in the future success of the high-pressure water tube boiler.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1927/07/09
  2. The Engineer 1926/07/02