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Henry Clifton Carver

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Henry Clifton Carver (1845-1893)

1893 Obituary [1]

HENRY CLIFTON CARVER was born in Manchester on 21st February 1845.

After leaving school he served his time with Messrs. Sharp Stewart and Co., Atlas Works, Manchester, and continued with them subsequently for a time as sub-manager.

He next undertook the management of some zinc-smelting works at Bagillt; and later had some repairing works at Llanidloes.

Afterwards he was in business in Manchester as a member of the firm of Messrs. Coates and Carver, engaged in buying and shipping machinery and tools to the East, especially to the Philippine Islands. He also acted frequently as a consulting engineer in connection with mechanical questions and in the preparation of patent specifications.

He was the inventor of a mechanical stoker, and of an apparatus for extinguishing fires in the holds of ships by means of the waste gases from the furnaces; and also of a contrivance, which he called a "circlip," to take the place of split pins in machinery.

He was at Bilbao in Spain on a business visit, when his death took place there from failure of the heart, on 6th January 1893, in the forty-eighth year of his age.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1890.

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