The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Polson Iron Works Management
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), October 1911, pp. 985, 987

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John S. Conradi, who has been appointed

General Manager of Poison Iron

Works, Ltd.. Toronto, and who will have

the active management of the present

plant, and of the construction and operation

of the floating dry dock now under

construction, was born in Glasgow,

Scotland, and is 41 years of age. He

commenced his engineering career in

the workshops of the late firm of Maudsley,

Son & Field, of Westminster, engineers

and boiler makers, who supplied

propelling machinery for a large number

of British battleships and cruisers,

and it is said that many mills in Great

Britain are still running with engines

built by them a hundred years ago. To

gain experience in the running of marine

engines and handling and care of

boilers under actual running conditions,

he joined the Ross Line of steamships

sailing to Australia, South America, and

the Gulf of Mexico and Canada. After

four years of this experience and obtaining

Board of Trade certificates, he entered

the service of John I. Thornycroft

Co.. of Chiswick, Southampton

and Basingstoke, shipbuilders and engineers,

remaining with them 14 years,

for six of which he was Superintendent

and Manager and was responsible for

the speed and steam trials of many

speed record breaking vessels built under

his supervision. He also had to do

with the building of the first destroyer

for the British Admiralty and the stern

wheel steamboats built for relief of

Khartoum in the Nile expedition. He is

said to have been the first person in England

to adopt pneumatic tools in the

construction of marine boilers. The first

steam turbine built and installed in a war

vessel was carried out during his service

with the firm. Five years ago he

entered the Vickers Co.'s service as General

Manager of their plants at Erith.

Crayford and Dartford, the manufactures

including ordnance, ammunition,

rifles and motor cars. He was elected

a member of the Institute of Mechanical

Engineers in 1892.

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