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George Washington Stevenson

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George Washington Stevenson (1877-1939) of G. W. Stevenson and Son

1940 Obituary [1]

Captain GEORGE WASHINGTON STEVENSON was born in New York in 1877. From 1894 to 1897 he attended University College, Nottingham, and he served his apprenticeship in the shops and drawing office of Messrs. Jenning and Company, Leicester, from 1897 to 1901. He then joined the erecting staff of Messrs. Dick Kerr and Company, of Preston, and in 1903 became assistant rolling stock superintendent to Birmingham Corporation Tramways.

He was appointed chief outside engineer to Messrs. Mountain and Gibson, Ltd., of Bury, in 1907, and from 1910 to 1912 held the post of assistant rolling stock superintendent of London United Tramways. For the next two years he was engineer in charge of the erection of rolling stock at Pernambuco, Brazil, for Messrs. J. G. White and Company, of London. From 1914 to 1916 he was chief engineer to the Pernambuco Tramways and Power Company, Brazil, but in the latter year he enlisted in the Royal Engineers.

After the Great War he returned to South America, where he joined the staff of Messrs. Westley, Williams and Company, Ltd., and was connected with this firm until 1936, when the company ceased activities and he retired. During this period he was concerned with erection of railway wagons and the planning and construction of fuel oil storage tanks in many parts of the Argentine Republic. He also organized and supervised the renewal of a bridge which involved the replacement of single spans in half an hour, so that no delay was caused to traffic.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919 and was an active member of the River Plate Branch of the Institution. He died in the Argentine on 3rd August 1939.

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