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Arthur Skelton Wimble

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Arthur Skelton Wimble (c1865-1927)

1927 Obituary[1]


The death of Mr. Arthur Skelton Wimble, which occurred on May 18 last, at his home at Whitley Bay, Northumberland, removes a prominent figure from Tyneside engineering and shipbuilding circles.

Mr. Wimble, who was 62 years of age, was the general manager of the North Eastern Marine Engineering Company, Limited, Wallsend-on-Tyne. The son of the late Mr. J. N. Wimble, of St. Heliers, Jersey, he commenced his engineering career at Southampton in 1882, in which year he entered the works of Messrs. Day, Summers and Company, Limited, as an apprentice. He remained with this firm for four and a half years, and, during this time, he attended evening lectures at the Hartly Institute, Southampton. Upon completing his apprenticeship at Southampton, he entered the works of Messrs. Wigham Richardson and Company, Limited, now Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Limited, as a draughtsman and remained in that position until 1897. He also continued his technical education by taking evening lectures at Armstrong College, Newcastle-on-Tyne. In 1898 he went to China as chief draughtsman in the works at Shanghai, of Messrs. Boyd and Company, subsequently Messrs. Farnham, Boyd and Company. Returning to this country in 1904, Mr. Wimble took up the post of draughtsman at the North Eastern Marine Engineering Company. Limited, and twelve months later he was appointed chief draughtsman, a position he continued to hold for some years. He afterwards became works manager and subsequently general manager at Wallsend. Mr. Wimble was elected a member of the Institution of Naval Architects in 1910. He became an associate member of the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in December, 1893, and a full member of that body in July, 1913."

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