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Robert Mylne 4 1733 - 5 1811

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Robert Mylne 4 1733 - 5 1811

Engineer of the New River Company, architect and surveyor.

Relationship: was assisted by Dennis Edson.

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1786River SevernHe gave evidence on a Bill for making the river navigable from Diglis at Worcester to Meadow Warf at Coalbrookdale.
Early 1790River SevernHe resurveyed the river for a new Bill to improve navigation between Diglis and Stourport.
Late 1790Thames and Severn CanalHe was called in to address the problem of water supply. He found the tunnel and summit level were leaking 1.25 million cubic feet a week and that the canal needed 5 million cubic feet a week and that only 2.5 million cubic feet of water a week was available from the River Churn and Thames Head.
1791River ThamesHe was asked by the commissioners to survey the upper river and recommended the replacement of 25 weirs and flash locks between Abingdon and Lechlade by a smaller number of pound locks. He also severely criticised the state of the navigation.
May 1791River SevernHe was directing the improvement works on the river.
June 1791River SevernHe resigned.
1792London & Western Canal projectThe Thames & Severn Canal company ask him consider how a canal could be built from the Thames above Oxford to the proposed canal.
Early 1792Rochdale CanalHe was retained by the company as an expert in water supply matters at the time the company were trying to get a Bill through parliament and were opposed by millowners.
October 1792Dearne and Dove CanalHe as engineer for the company and William Jessop for the Barnsley Canal jointly planned a level junction lock to ensure that neither canal lost water.
November 1792Stainforth & Keadby CanalHe and John Thompson were asked to survey the line for the canal.
22 December 1792Dearne and Dove CanalHe started a two day survey for a canal from the river to Barnsley.
26 December 1792Sheffield CanalHe reported favourably on the project. His diary records "Bad day, in a chaise to Sheffield; viewed the line, lands and brooks to that place. Viewed the termination and place for bason. Attended a committee - made a report viva voce to the meetingon this canal".
1793Bristol - Cirencester canal projectHe did a survey for the line of the proposed canal with Richard Hall.
1793Gloucester & Sharpness Ship CanalHe was asked to resurvey the line as "Chief and Principal Engineer" on 350 a year plus expenses and proposed a 17.75 mile canal 70 foot wide and 18 foot deep to carry ships of up to 300-tons. He estimated the cost at 121,330.
1793Grand Western CanalHe revised the line surveyed by John Longbotham and his work was in turn used by Hugh Henshall working on behalf of William Jessop in his task of deciding between the routes.
Spring March 1793Dearne and Dove CanalHe gave evidence on the Bill for the navigation around this time.
August 1793River ThamesHe reported to the commissioners on his survey of the river below Maidenhead and recommended a 4.75 mile canal with 3 locks from Boulter's Lock to Eton.
After August 1793Monkey Island - Isleworth canal projectHe and Robert Whitworth were appointed joint engineers to the project.
September 1793Gloucester & Sharpness Ship CanalHe had started setting out the line of the canal.
Early 1794Rochdale CanalHe was retained again to give parliamentary evidence in the second attempt to get their Bill through parliament.
February 1794Monkey Island - Isleworth canal projectHe and Robert Whitworth attended a meeting of canal supporters that decided that new locks on the Thames would not meet the needs of navigation.
March 1794Gloucester & Sharpness Ship CanalHe prepared drawings for a canal cutting machine but the canal committee preferred alternative designs.
Autumn September 1797Gloucester & Sharpness Ship CanalHe made visits to the canal in September and October and in response to C B Trye's criticism that he spent too little time on the canal he agreed to be paid 4 guineas a day plus travelling expenses.
October 1797Gloucester & Sharpness Ship CanalHe ceased to be engineer following some quarrel with James Dadford.
1813Mersey & Irwell NavigationThe navigation trustees asked him to advise them on the obstruction and injury to navigation a proposed bridge across the Mersey might cause.

 

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