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Archibald Jack Campbell

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Archibald Jack Campbell ( -1936) of William Beardmore and Co


1936 Obituary [1]

A TRAGIC boating accident in the Gareloch on Thursday, July 16th, resulted in the death of Mr. Archibald J. Campbell, a well-known figure in Clydeside shipbuilding circles.

Mr. Campbell retired from the general managership of the Naval Construction Works at Dalmuir of William Beardmore and Co., Ltd., in 1927.

He was a Past-President of the Shipbuilding Employers' Federation, the Clyde Shipbuilders' Association, and the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, and a member of Council of the Institution of Naval Architects, and was looked upon as an authority on questions of industrial negotiation.

Mr. Campbell was a native of Clydebank. He started his shipbuilding career at the yard of J. and G. Thomson, now John Brown and Co., Ltd., and was later sent to Spain by Palmer's Shipbuilding Company to assist in the construction of certain war vessels for the Spanish Government at Bilbao.

Thence he was transferred to the Arsenal at Cadiz as technical expert, later returning to Barrow as shipyard manager at Vickers. Here he supervised the construction of numerous vessels for the Royal Navy, as well as for Japan, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia.

When in 1909, the Spanish Government decided to embark on a naval programme of construction, and, in preparation, began the rebuilding of the arsenals, Mr. Campbell was chosen to supervise the work and became a director of the Sociedad Espanola de Construccion Naval, his knowledge of the Spanish language and still more his knowledge of Spanish methods of working and customs standing him in good stead, as well as his experience in the construction of warships.

During the period of his work in pain Mr. Campbell was decorated by the King with La Cruz de Merito Naval.


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