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Hugh Mortimer Herbert Collier

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Hugh Mortimer Herbert Collier (1864-1906)

1907 Obituary [1]

HUGH MORTIMER HERBERT COLLIER, born on the 23rd September, 1864, was educated privately and at Eton College.

After serving a pupilage to the late Mr. George Fosbery Lyster, Engineer to the Mersey Dock Estate, he was appointed an assistant on the dockyard sta%; and was engaged on construction and improvement works at the New South Docks.

In 1892 he entered the service of the London and India Docks Joint Committee and was appointed Resident Engineer in charge of the East and West India Docks, under Mr. H. F. Donaldson, then Chief Engineer. Besides being responsible for the general maintenance and dredging of these docks, Mr. Collier was charged with the construction of the new Blackwall entrance, import and export dock entrances, a pumping station, and a series of large timber sheds, and carried out the lengthening of several swing railway bridges.

He resigned his appointment in December, 1894, on account of ill-health.

In 1897 he accepted a position on the staff of Sir John Wolfe Barry, Past-President, for whom he acted as Resident Engineer at Limehouse dock, on the reconstruction of Lady Windsor lock, Barry, and at Middlesbrough dock.

He was engaged on the latter work when his health finally gave way 9 months before his death, which occurred on the 14th June, 1906.

Mr. Collier was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 10th January, 1893, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 13th December, 1904.

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