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William Joseph Luke

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William Joseph Luke (1862-1934) of John Brown and Co, Naval Architect.

Member of Council of The Institution of Naval Architects.

1910 Read a paper to the Institution of Naval Architects on "Experimental Investigations on Wake and Thrust Deduction Values". [1]

1934 Obituary [2]

MANY of our readers will learn with deep regret of the death on Monday last in London of Mr. W. J. Luke, C.B.E., V.P.I.N.A., who was for many years associated with John Brown and Co., Ltd., at Clydebank and in London, and played a leading part in Clyde shipbuilding.

Mr. Luke was a native of Hampshire, and served his apprenticeship as a shipwright and designer at Portsmouth Dockyard. He received his technical education at Greenwich Naval College, where he had a distinguished career, and was awarded the highest honours in naval architecture.

Later he was employed in naval design and construction at the Admiralty, and round about 1897 joined the staff of John Brown and Co., Ltd., at Clydebank, as naval architect, but a few years later became shipyard manager. Subsequently, he was appointed a local director of the firm. During his years on the Clyde such noted ships as the Cunard liner "Aquitania " and H.M.S. "Hood" were built.

Mr. Luke took an active interest in the work of scientific institutions and technical societies, and was a Vice-President of the Institution of Naval Architects, a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a member of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland.

Ho was also a valued member of several technical committees of the Board of Trade, and his loss will be widely deplored by a wide circle of business and personal friends.

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