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Frank E. Kirby

naval architect

Frank E. Kirby, American naval architect. Member Detroit Board Water Works Commission, 1892-1896.


Kirby, Frank E. was born on July 1, 1849 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Son of Stephen R. and Martha A. (Johnston) Kirby.


Educational public schools, Cleveland, and Saginaw, Michigan, and Cooper Institute, New York.


1 son, Russell T. Began on engineering staff, Allaire Works, New York, constructing machinery for war vessels, 1865. Later with Morgan Iron Works. Located in Detroit, 1870, and with brother F. A., built iron ship yards, at Wyandotte, for Captain E. B. Ward.

Consulting engineer (with brother) until 1882, then with Detroit Dry Dock Company. Designed the steamer Frank E. Kirby. The St. Ignace and the St. Marie, 2 ice-crushing steamers plying between St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.

All the boats of the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Company, and hundreds of others.


Member Detroit Board Water Works Commission, 1892-1896.


Married Mary F. Thorp, October 9, 1876.

Stephen R. Kirby

Martha A. (Johnston) Kirby

Mary F. Thorp