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John Harwood Clarke

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John Harwood Clarke (1870-1948)


1949 Obituary [1]

"JOHN HARWOOD CLARKE, whose death occurred on 11th February 1948, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1918. He was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects.

He was born in 1870 and received his education at Westminster School, where he was a Queen's Scholar. His apprenticeship was served between 1891 and 1895 with Messrs. John Penn and Sons, Ltd., and Messrs. George Clark and Sons, Ltd., of Sunderland. After some experience at sea as marine engineer, and as draughtsman at the Central Marine Engine Works, West Hartlepool, he became general manager of the Acetylite Co, of Birmingham. From 1902 to 1909 he held a similar position with Sir James Laing and Sons, Ltd., shipbuilders and engineers, of Sunderland. On his return to this country from Mexico, where he had been engaged for four years on the erection of a chemical factory for the Mexican Light and Power Co, he was concerned with the design of searchlights for the Army and Navy. Since 1917 he had been in practice as a consulting engineer and naval architect in Westminster, specializing in the conversion of sailing ships and steamers, as well as the building and conversion of yachts and small craft."


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