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Gilbert Smith Goodwin

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Gilbert Smith Goodwin (1831-1912)

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1912 Obituary [1]

GILBERT SMITH GOODWIN, born in Glasgow on the 14th February, 1831, died at Liverpool on the 24th April, 1912, aged 81.

He gained his early experience in the works of Messrs. John Holliday and Company, of Glasgow, and after serving a number of years as Chief Assistant to Mr. Douglas Hebson, of Liverpool. Mr. Goodwin became Chief Surveyor to the Liverpool Underwriters' Registry.

In 1866 he established the firm of G. S. Goodwin and Company, in which he continued to take an active part until his death, designing a number of passenger- and cargo-vessels. He was also Chief Surveyor in this country to the Bureau Veritas, and Consulting Engineer to a number of steamship companies.

Mr. Goodwin was elected a Member of The Institution on the 6th December, 1892.

1912 Obituary [2]

. . . He was apprenticed with John Holiday and Co, Glasgow, in 1845, and served in their workshops and drawing-office till 1852. In 1852 he was engaged with Coats and Young, Belfast, and George Forrester and Co, engineers, Liverpool, after which he became chief assistant to Douglas Hebson, consulting engineer and naval architect, Liverpool, who was also chief engineer-surveyor to the Board of Trade. Mr. Goodwin served as his assistant surveyor by direct appointment of the Board till 1856, when exclusive surveyors were appointed. Mr. Goodwin continued with Mr. Hobson until 1864, when he accepted the position of chief surveyor to the Liverpool Underwriters' Registry, or "Red Book." In 1866 he started the business now known as G. S. Goodwin and Co., and as naval architect and consulting engineer was from that time engaged in designing and superintending the building of a large number and variety of passenger, cargo, and cattle-carrying steamers . . .

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