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Andrew Douie

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Andrew Douie (-1924)

1924 Obituary[1]

"The Late Mr. Andrew Douie.— We regret to have to record the death, which occurred on the 8th inst. at his residence, North Lodge, Walker-on-Tyne, of Mr. Andrew Douie, manager of the Walker shipyard of Messrs. Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth and Co., Limited. Mr. Douie was born at Moira, County Down, Ireland, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Harland and Wolff, Belfast.

He entered Messrs. Armstrong’s Walker shipyard in 1887, and was sent by them to Russia in 1895 to superintend work on the Volga; in 1899 he was sent to Siberia to build up the ice-breaking train ferry Baikal and the ice-breaker Angara, both of which had been constructed by Messrs. Armstrong and delivered in sections to the shores of Lake Baikal. On completion of this work, Mr. Douie proceeded to South Africa on behalf of Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Limited, to supervise the testing and I taking delivery of the floating dock for Durban, built by them. On his return, in 1904, Mr. Douie was appointed yard manager at Messrs. Armstrong’s Walker shipyard, and in 1920 he succeeded Mr. D. R. MacDonald as manager. He was held in great esteem by his employers and all his subordinates."

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