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Harry Shoosmith

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Harry Shoosmith (1866-1956)

1957 Obituary [1]

Harry Shoosmith, who was born in 1866, served his apprenticeship in marine and general engineering and obtained a Whitworth Scholarship; he then took a course of engineering at the City and Guilds Institute.

In 1890 he became a Lloyds Surveyor of Shipping at Stockton-on-Tees; he was Works Manager and Engineer of Kynoch, Ltd., from 1891 to 1894, and Manager of Priestman Bros., Hull, from 1894 to 1899.

In 1899 he was appointed Principal Engineer of Wm. Cory and Son, Ltd., where he remained until 1936, when he became Chairman of Plenty and Son, Ltd., Newbury, until 1939. During his long association with Wm. Cory and Son, Ltd., he introduced a large number of new designs of grabs, cranes, weighing devices, and floating craft, and was one of the pioneers in the use of ferro-concrete for wharves and jetties.

Mr. Shoosmith had been a Member of this Institution for 66 years at the time of his death in October 1956 in his ninetieth year. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

1956 Obituary [2]

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