Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin was born earn Dungeness, Kent, England back in 1833 to Charles and Henrietta.  He studied at Jedburgh, Borders then he attended the Edinburgh Academy.  When his father retired in 1847, the family moved to Frankfurt.  Just a year later the family moved to Paris.

Later he attended the University of Genoa.  He graduated from there with a M.A. with first-class honors.  In 1856, he was working at Penn’s engineering work in Greenwich as a draughtsman. The following year he was an engineer at R.S. Newall and Company in Gateshead.  In 1861, he left Newall & Company and entered into a partnership with H.C. Forde.  In 1866, he was appointed as professor of engineering at University College, London.  He died in 1885, he was 52.

What you may not know about Henry is that he is noted as the inventor of the cable car.

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Comments (17)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

 

Dec 12, 2020 02:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Henry certainly had the opportunity to move around a lot and experienced much in his short life.  

Dec 12, 2020 04:09 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

San Francisco appreciated him.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 12, 2020 04:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... certainly have had my share of cable car rides when I lived in San Francisco... but this is the first time I gave any thought to who invented them.

Dec 12, 2020 05:07 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well the next time I an able to ride on a cable car I will know who invented it.

Dec 12, 2020 05:13 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Like many here in the Rain, my thoughts went immediately to San Francisco. Enjoy your day!

Dec 12, 2020 05:30 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Is the cable car still around in some places?  I don't think I have ever been in one myself.

Dec 12, 2020 05:40 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a lovely weekend.

Dec 12, 2020 06:05 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - that was a great boon to San Francisco.

Dec 12, 2020 07:02 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray I wonder how soon before people wonder "what was a cable car?"

Dec 12, 2020 08:33 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is amazing how much people moved around in those days. San Francisco would not be the same without him!

Dec 12, 2020 10:07 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- how very interesting!!!  I remember traveling to San Francisco when I was just 5 and riding a cable car. 

Dec 12, 2020 10:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I grew up in Fargo North Dakota and while I do not remember seeing a cable car there I know they had them because of the tracks in the downtown area. I did get to ride one last year in Milwaukee while visiting my daughter there.

Dec 12, 2020 11:35 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I wonder if he left his heart in San Francisco? ... I had to look up draughtsman. 

Dec 12, 2020 02:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That was an interesting read! I've certainly had my share of cable car rides in San Francisco from multple trips!

Dec 12, 2020 05:43 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Draughtsman is the old name for draftsman or designer called modern days.

Jan 10, 2021 10:11 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

He was making wire ropes machines for "Mining, Railway, Ships' Rigging, and other purposes, boring as hell job.

Jan 10, 2021 10:13 AM