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Joseph Simpson Graham

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Joseph Simpson Graham (1864-1915), general manager and director of Northumberland Shipbuilding Co

His father was a partner in Osbourne, Graham and Co

He started work an 1879, when only fifteen years of age, as an apprentice at outdoor work in the Hylton shipyard and subsequently took up a post with Wood, Skinner and Co.

Became Chief draughtsman with John Blumer and Co., North Dock Shipyard, Sunderland, where he remained for nine years.

He moved to Wallsend to take over the management of the pontoon yard of C. S. Swan and Hunter.

After delivering the Havana pontoon dock, he remained in America until the Spanish American War, then in

1898 was appointed manager of the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company, Limited, being made a director soon afterwards.

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