James John Wilson Carmichael, (1800-1868 achieved fame as a marine painter, whose works can be seen in amongst other places, the National Maritime Museum, and Trinity House, Newcastle. He went to sea as a boy, spending two years on a ship trading to Spain and Portugal, being apprenticed as a carpenter in a shipyard on coming ashore. He began painting and drawing in his spare time, setting up in business as an artist and portraitist in Newcastle after completing his apprenticeship.
His drawings of scenes on the then unfinished, Newcastle and Carlisle Railway (it finally opened in 1846) were published in 1836. They show scenes from sections of the railway completed so far, trains in the landscape, and engineering features.
Carmichael left to work in London in 1848, and in 1854, was commissioned by the Illustrated London News to accompany th fleet to the Baltic and record scenes from the war against Russia. On returning to England he produced one of his more notable works in oil, The Bombardment of Sveaborg.
John Blackmore Born in 1801 or 1802; (died in Newcastle on 15 March 1844) having scalded himself in a steam bath the week before and was buried in Newcastle General Cemetery. Was chief assistant to Francis Giles from 1828.. Consultancy work included a report on the design of a new quay wall in Newcastle in 1838, the design of a laminated timber two-span arch bridge over the river Tweed at Norham in 1841, and plans for the. provision of a new supply of water to the town of Newcastle by the Newcastle and Gateshead Union Joint Stock Water Company in 1839. In 1840 he was appointed as engineer to the Maryport and Carlisle Railway.