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Louis Vandalle Dunlop

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Louis Vandalle Dunlop (1878-1954) of Harland and Wolff

1954 Obituary [1]

MANY of the older members of the shipbuilding profession will have learned with regret of the death of Louis Vandalle Dunlop, in his seventy-sixth year, at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Dunlop, who only retired in July of last year upon the completion of fifty-nine years in shipbuilding, was born in Greenock on March 7, 1878, and after completing his education at Greenock Academy in 1894 he entered the shipbuilding profession and served his apprenticeship in the drawing office of Caird and Co., Ltd. He subsequently rose to be chief draughtsman and head of the design department and was appointed yard manager in 1914.

He continued to hold this post, after Harland and Wolff, Ltd., took over the shipyard of Caird and Co., Ltd., until 1928, when he became general manager of Harland and Wolff's yard at Govan. Some fifteen years later he was elected to the board of the company and continued as a director until 1953.

For many years Mr. Dunlop was a member of the central board of the Shipbuilding Employers' Federation, of which he served a term as president; he was also a past president of the Clyde Shipbuilders' Association. Louis Dunlop spent his life in shipbuilding and served on the council of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland; he was also a member of the Institution of Naval Architects and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

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