Biographical Notice

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The late Peter Ewart Esq., [1767 - 1842] by William Charles Henry, MD FRS GS, published by the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, Manchester, 1844.

Inscribed on flyleaf ' Jno.Thomas Junr. from James Watt Esqr., April 30th 1844' . Plus insert of sketch drawing of an unidentified vessel.

Ewart worked with Boulton and Watt from c. 1790. He was responsible for planning and erecting new works at the Soho Foundry in 1795-96. When he left the company Peter Ewart went into the manufacturing industry in Manchester, and in May 1835 at the age of 68 was appointed by the Admiralty to the new position of Chief Engineer and Inspector of Machinery at the Woolwich Steam Factory. He died as a result of an accident when a chain broke during a hoisting operation at Woolwich in May 1842.