Muriel Walton from Canada found a stack of hand written documents belonging to her husbands Grandfather, John William "Jack" Walton who apprenticed for six years in the Maryport and Carlisle Railway Locomotive Department in Maryport "commencing on October 26th 1890 and terminating on August 28th, 1896, as an Engine Fitter in the employment of this company. He is very steady, industrious and a fair workman, in consequence. I have great pleasure in recommending him to any one requiring his service." Signed by Wm Robinson, Locomotive Superintendent.
At about age 12 he went to Montreal on a ship as a cabin boy. Upon his return he became an apprentice with Maryport and Carlisle Railway locomotive department and after nearly six years he was Certified as an Engine Fitter. He went to work on ships and worked his way up to Chief Engineer. He married Ada Edgar of Allonby and had two sons, Robert and Frederick and in 1911 he left his shipping career to become City Engineer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Many thanks to Muriel Walton wife of John Humphrey Walton, Grandson of John William Walton for all the information about his Grandfather.
John Walton as a Boy - Photo taken at Andrews Senhouse Street Maryport
L to R top-Master, Cook, First Engineer John William "Jack' Walton and the whole crew of the S.S. Cloughmore. The dogs ate the rats!
J.W. WALTON 1st Engineer Discharge Certificate 12-24 Dec.1900 "S.S. Cloughmore"
John William "Jack" Walton 1st Engineer "S.S. Cloughmore", 12th Dec. to 24th Dec. 1900
John Walton 2nd Eng. 20 Aug. 1901-19 Sept 1902 "S.S. GWALIA"
Jack Walton Shipping Dec 1st 1899 - March 14th 1900 "S.S. Talavera
Jack brought this tintype to Canada-Shipbuilding in Maryport about 1900