Christopher Geddes (1847-1919)
1920 Obituary 
CHRISTOPHER GEDDES was born at Hartlepool in 1847, and was educated at Castle Eden.
In 1864 he entered the works of Messrs. Thomas Richardson and Sons, Hartlepool, as an apprentice, and served five years, rapidly becoming one of the leading guarantee engineers for the firm.
Subsequently he entered the employment of the late Mr. William Esplen, of Liverpool, as superintendent engineer, and was responsible for the construction of a large number of light-draft vessels in South America.
After completing this work, he returned to England and was appointed technical engineer for the Leeds Forge Co., which post he held for some time. He then started in practice in Liverpool as consulting engineer and naval architect, and carried out much important work for many of the leading steamship companies.
His death took place at Huyton, Liverpool, on 21st October 1919, at the age of seventy-two.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1888; he was also a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society and of the North-East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders.
1920 Obituary 
CHRISTOPHER GEDDES, who died on the 22nd October, 1919, in his seventy-third year, was the son of the late Mr. John Geddes, who was associated for many years with Wingate Grange Colliery.
He was educated at Roddridge House School, Castle Eden, and entered the works of Messrs. Thomas Richardson & Sons, Hartlepool, as an apprentice engineer, in November, 1864, and after the completion of his five years of apprenticeship, soon became one of the leading guarantee engineers for the firm.
Leaving this Company, he became a Superintendent Engineer under the late Mr. William Esplen, of Liverpool, and was responsible for the construction of many light draught vessels in South America. After completing this important work, he returned to England and was appointed Technical Engineer for the Leeds Forge Co.
He then settled down in Liverpool as a Consulting Engineer and Naval Architect, and continued this work up to the time of his death.
Mr. Geddes was elected a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society on 8th February, 1893.