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James Wilson (1873-1947)

1947 Obituary [1]

JAMES WILSON was associated with the manufacture, repair, and insurance of boilers throughout his career, and had held the position of inspecting engineer to the National Boiler and General Insurance Company, Ltd., at Manchester, for twenty-two years. During this period he also acted as boiler overseer to the Admiralty.

He was born in 1873, and served his apprenticeship at Messrs. Palmers' shipbuilding works, Jarrow, from 1888 to 1894, in whose employment he continued as chargeman, and later as foreman, for a further four years.

From 1898 to 1903 he was harbour foreman at Hong Kong, where his duties included repairs to engines, boilers, and ships. He then went to India to become manager of the Carnac Iron Works, and later was engineer to Messrs. Marsland and Price, constructional engineers, of Bombay.

In 1912 he joined the White Star Line, and was employed at sea as watch-keeping boilermaker. Five years later he took up his final appointment at Manchester, which he held until his retirement in 1939. He returned, however, to resume his duties soon after the outbreak of the 1939-45 war, and continued in active service until about a year before his death, which occurred at Catford on 2nd March 1947.

Mr. Wilson was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919

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