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Torben Christian Billetop (1861-1931)
1931 Obituary 
TORBEN CHRISTIAN BILLETOP was born in Denmark in 1861 and studied at the Naval College, Copenhagen, where he received the Chief Engineer's Certificate and Diploma.
He was then for thirty years with Messrs. Henry Watson and Sons of Newcastle, for whom he became managing director. During this period he patented many improvements for auxiliary machinery.
During the last five years of his life he was associated with his son in a consulting capacity at Newcastle, and was identified with many more patents, including the well-known sliding hatch beams.
Mr. Billetop, who died on 19th May 1931, had been a Member of the Institution since 1897, and he was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects.