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John Scobie

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John Scobie (1877-1926)

1926 Obituary [1]

JOHN SCOBIE, who died on 11th March 1926, was born in Glasgow on 25th August 1877, and completed his school education at Allan Glen's School in that city.

He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. A. and J. Inglis, engineers and shipbuilders, Glasgow, during the years 1893-99, and meanwhile supplemented his school training by attending classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College.

On completing his term, the attractions of a sea life prevailed and he spent the next five or six years in service as marine engineer on board various cargo and passenger steamers owned by Messrs. McGregor, Gow and Co., Glasgow and London, acquiring whilst so engaged his "extra first class" Board of Trade Certificate.

In 1905 he became marine-engine draughtsman in the Glenavon Engineering Works of Messrs. James Ritchie, and an assistant teacher in the Glasgow School of Marine Engineering.

In the following year he was appointed Engineer Surveyor in the Glasgow district for the Vulcan Boiler and General Insurance Co., Ltd., of Manchester, and he retained his connexion with this company up to the time of his death.

In 1916 he became assistant engineer on the head office staff, dealing principally with boilers, pressure vessels, and similar plant, under the Company's supervision on the North-East Coast, and in 1922 he undertook the duties of "acceptance engineer," in which position his technical knowledge and experience proved most valuable.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1920.

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