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John White Boyd

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John White Boyd ( -1927)

1927 Obituary [1]

JOHN WHITE BOYD practised for many years in his native city of Glasgow as a marine surveyor. He was surveyor to the London Salvage Association, and his advice was frequently sought by marine insurance companies in cases of collision or stranding of vessels.

He was educated at the Established Normal School and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Barclay, Curle and Company, engineers and shipbuilders.

After six years spent with Messrs. William King and Company as journeyman and outside foreman, he went to sea for two years as second engineer on coasting vessels. He then became assistant engineer with the Allan Line.

In 1884 he was engaged as engineer manager of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Company. He spent nine years in China and took part in the firm's shipbuilding activities, which included the building of the first yacht used by the King of Siam.

On his return to Glasgow he commenced the surveying practice which he carried on for years with marked success.

Mr. Boyd died on 9th April 1927, at the age of seventy-four years.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1890, and he was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects.

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