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Harold Frederick Rose

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Harold Frederick Rose (c1911-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"HAROLD FREDERICK ROSE received his education at the Sunderland Municipal College and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. William Doxford and Sons, Ltd., Sunderland, shipbuilders, from 1927 to 1931, obtaining further practical training with Messrs. R. Powley and Sons, Ltd., makers of bottling machinery, for another year. From 1932 to 1939 he was at sea as a marine engineer in steam and motor ships. During this period he was in charge of watch and obtained an extra first-class Board of Trade Certificate in addition to a first-class Motor Endorsement.

After two years' experience as assistant engineer in charge of hull and engine repairs for Messrs. Palmer Hebburn Company, Ltd., and also as lecturer in engineering subjects to advanced students at Sunderland Technical College and the South Shields Marine School, he joined the shore staff of the Anglo-American Oil Company, Ltd., as chief engineer of ocean-going vessels. His duties in this respect included responsibility, to the superintendent engineer, for all engine-room personnel and for the removal of Diesel machinery and reassembly of engine and auxiliary plant. After holding this position for three years he went to Liverpool, where he acted as ship manager for Messrs. Grayson, Rollo and Clover Docks, Ltd., until 1945. He then took up his final appointment as engineer and ship surveyor to the Ministry of War Transport at Hull. Mr. Rose, whose untimely death in November 1949 closed a promising career at the early age of thirty-eight, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1944."

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