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Alexander Jack

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Alexander Jack (1846-1886)

of James Jack and Co, Victoria Engine Works., Boundary Street West, Vauxhall Road, Liverpool.

1886 Obituary [1]

ALEXANDER JACK, only son of Mr. James Jack, founder of the Victoria Engine Works, Liverpool, was born in Liverpool in October 1846.

After serving some time at his father's works he was apprenticed to Messrs. Randolph Elder and Co., Glasgow, where he served in the pattern shop and erecting shop, and in both engineering and shipbuilding drawing-offices.

On his return to Liverpool in 1868 he was engaged in the drawing office, and afterwards as outside manager; and at the end of 1871 was admitted a partner in the firm of Messrs. James Jack, Rollo and Co.

On the death of his father in 1880, the practical direction of the business devolved upon himself, Mr. Rollo having retired from the firm; and in 1884 he became sole partner, and started shipbuilding at Seacombe on the Mersey.

Owing however to depression of trade and to trouble with workmen, the latter venture did not prove a financial success, and involved him in difficulties which no doubt shortened his life; for after a long illness he died on 7th March 1886 at the age of thirty-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1872.

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