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James Pollock (1838-1910)

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James Pollock (1838-1910) of James Pollock, Sons and Co

1910 Obituary [1]

JAMES POLLOCK was born in London on 10th June 1838.

He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. J. and A. Blyth, marine and general engineers, London, and in 1859 left England for the Amur River, Eastern Siberia, where he was engaged in the erection and running of river and coasting steamers.

He returned to London in 1863, thence to 1871 being engaged in various services at home and abroad, connected with vessels and machinery constructed by Messrs. J. and W. Dudgeon, engineers and shipbuilders of London. His experience included blockade-running during the American Civil War, the Italian mail service between Genoa and the River Plate, fitting up machinery for the Portuguese Government in Lisbon, navigation of the River Duna in Poland, North Sea service between London and Sweden, etc.

From 1871 to 1873 he was engineer to Messrs. Lewis and Stockwell, Blackwall Point, London, and from 1873 to 1875 designer to Messrs. J. and A. Blyth, London.

In the latter year he commenced practice as a consulting engineer and naval architect in London, and in 1901 the business was converted into a private company under the style of James Pollock, Sons and Co., with the late Mr. Pollock chairman and managing director, four of his sons being also directors. Civil Engineering and Machinery Export Departments were added, and, in addition to being consulting engineers to the Amazon Steam Navigation Co., C. Howard and Sons, Thames Steam-Tug and Lighterage Co., etc., and designing hulls and machinery for vessels up to 7,500 tons, the firm represent some of the largest Eastern and Australian engineering firms. On the Civil Engineering side they have arranged and carried out contracts for important railway and public works in the East, in Africa, and in South America.

In all these Mr. Pollock took an active part until he was taken ill in August 1909, and his death took place on 23rd February 1910, in his seventy-second year.

He was elected a Member in 1886.

1910 Obituary [2]

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