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Frank Henry Pearson

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Frank Henry Pearson (1844-1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

FRANK HENRY PEARSON was born at Hull, on 24th November 1844.

He was educated at the Naval School, Gosport, and in Germany.

He served an apprenticeship of four years in the Works of Messrs. R. Morrison and Co., of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and afterwards was engaged as draughtsman.

He then joined the firm of Byrne, Humphrys and Co., engineers and shipbuilders, of which he eventually became a partner in 1868, carrying on the business for five years as Humphrys and Pearson. On its being turned into a limited company he stayed on, as one of the managers and secretary, until 1875.

He then, for some two years, practised in London and Newcastle as consulting engineer, returning to Hull as secretary of Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd., with which company he stayed as assistant general manager till its winding up in 1900, when he started once more as consulting engineer, naval architect, and surveyor.

His death took place at Hull on 8th February 1915, at the age of seventy-one. He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1884; he was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects and the author of "The Early History of Hull Steam Shipping, 1821 to 1850."

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