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Harry Hodge Scott

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Harry Hodge Scott (1883-1948)

1952 Obituary [1]

"HARRY HODGE Scott was in the service of the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Co for thirty-five years and was well known on the coast of China for his connection with shipbuilding and marine engineering. He served his apprenticeship in Dundee from 1899 to 1904 with Cooper and Greig, Ltd., marine engineers, and then found employment as an improver to the Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Co, of the same city. After gaining further experience in that firm's drawing office he sailed in ships of the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company, Ltd., and the China Navigation Company, Ltd., as fourth and third engineer, respectively. He began his long association with the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Co in 1910 and after serving as junior draughtsman for six years was made foreman in charge of the engineering shop. He then became chief engineering draughtsman and engineering superintendent. Finally, in 1932, he was promoted to be general works engineer. Mr. Scott was mobilized as a lieutenant in the Volunteer Defence Corps in 1941, was wounded and held as a prisoner of war for nearly four years during the occupation of the Island by the Japanese. On his release he went to Australia, where his death occurred on 21st July 1948 in his sixty-fifth year.

After his recuperation he had joined the staff of the Australian and Oriental Line as assistant overseer of the reconstruction of the company's vessels and he continued in this work until his decease. Mr. Scott had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1923.

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