Walter Henry Wilson (1839 - 1904):
Walter Wilson was born in Belfast and was educated at Gracehill School, near Ballymena, and Chester College. He was apprenticed in 1857 to a shipbuilding company where he became a draughtsman. In 1874 he became a partner in the firm of Harland & Wolff, where he was responsible for many inventions in ship design such as the single-plate rudder and the prevention of electro-chemical corrosion of propellor blades by a method still in use today. He promoted technical education, was a member of the Midland Railways Northern Counties Committee and President of the Chamber of Commerce. He died suddenly on a train travelling between Portstewart and Portrush.