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Archibald Newton Watts

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Archibald Newton Watts ( -1936)

1936 Obituary [1]

ARCHIBALD NEWTON WATTS was assistant to Mr. E. Phillips, M.I.Mech.E., the chief engineer of the Proprietors of Hay's Wharf, Ltd., and was responsible for the maintenance of electric and hydraulic lifts and cranes, electric light and power supplies, steam and motor tugs, and refrigerating plant. He supervised the installation of the ammonia compressor, with its auxiliaries and pipe lines, at the Hibernia Wharf, for a total cold storage space of 900,000 cu. ft., and was responsible for the subsequent maintenance of the plant.

Mr. Watts was born at Cowes, Isle of Wight, where he received his technical education.

He served a four years' apprenticeship, commencing in 1907, with Messrs. John Samuel White and Company, Ltd., of Cowes, and subsequently entered the drawing office.

In 1912 he joined Messrs. John I. Thornycroft and Company, Ltd., at their Woolston Works, Southampton, and took charge of trial records on vessels built for the Admiralty. During the War he took records of sea trials of torpedo boat destroyers. He became assistant to the shipyard manager in 1917, and held this position for three years.

He was then appointed assistant engineer to the Anglo-Chinese Engineers' Association, Ltd., and was engaged on the inspection and testing of machinery of all kinds, particularly textile machinery, for export to China.

In 1923 he took up his appointment with the Proprietors of Hay's Wharf, and held this until his death, which occurred on 9th February 1936, in his forty-fifth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1930.

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