[taken from Chapter 9 Manx Worthies, A.W.Moore, 1901]

THOMAS QUAYLE (b. 1811, d. 1895),

founded a large and very successful shipbuilding business; he is said to have done more towards establishing the inland mercantile marine of the States than any other man. "If he could not build a boat on terms that would enable him to do it well, he would not undertake the contract at all,"2 so that "no cheap or shoddy work was ever turned out at his yard. The result was that when one of his boats was mentioned, men knew its quality." He built no less than 150 ships of various kinds. There were few men in Cleveland who commanded a wider degree of public confidence and respect than he did, and few who have so well and honestly performed the duties of life.


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