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William Gray (1823-1898)

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Sir William Gray (1823-1898), of William Gray and Co, Shipbuilder.


Obituary (1823-1898).[1]

"...gentleman who has attained a world-wide celebrity as a shipbuilder, as the firm which he founded have thrice held the "blue riband " for the largest output of shipping for the world, and last year they were second. They have built over 65,000 tons in the year, and now are in a position to build vessels up to 8000 tons deadweight. Sir William's firm practically owns two shipyards, and a large marine engineering establishment at the Hartlepools, and employs over 4000 hands. He entered the shipbuilding industry just at the time when the great transition from sailing ships to steamers was commencing, and took full advantage of that change, as he also did of the change from wood to iron as the material for shipbuilders, and he has become one of the principal captains of industry..."More



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