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John McGlashan (1874-1948)

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John McGlashan (1874-1948)

1948 Obituary [1]

JOHN McGLASHAN was born at Bombay on the 24th September, 1874, and died at Hatfield Peverel, Essex, on the 2lst April, 1948.

He was educated at Gordon’s College, Aberdeen, and received his scientific training at Aberdeen University. After serving his pupilage under the late Mr. R. Gordon Nicol, M.I.C.E., Harbour Engineer of Aberdeen, he remained with Mr. Nicol as second assistant until 1898, when he took up an appointment as assistant Engineer to the Bombay Port Trust.

In 1902 he became a Resident Engineer to the Commissioners for the Port of Calcutta, and he continued in their service until his retirement in 1929, rising successively to District Engineer in 1909, Deputy Chief Engineer in 1913, and finally, in 1918, Engineer in Chief. Among the many works carried out under his supervision were the extensions and improvements to the Calcutta jetties in 1910-1912, the extension of dock No. 2, the five riverside berth sheds at Garden Reach, and the construction of King George’s dock, 1920-1928. His services in connexion with the King George’s dock were recognized by the award of the C.I.E.

In 1921 he was appointed by the Government of Bengal as a member of the Special Engineers Committee for the New Howrah Bridge, and later was a member of the Bridge Construction Committee....[more]

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