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John Andrew Mannell (1870-1922)

1922 Obituary [1]

JOHN ANDREW MANNELL died on December 25, 1921.

Born at the Home Farm, Tehidy Park, Illogan, Cornwall, in September, 1870 - the eldest son of Benjamin Mannell - he was educated at the Falmouth Grammar School, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Townsend Hook.

His first experience of sea life was in the sailing yacht Paladin, and after two seasons he joined the Aberdeen White Star Line, and was appointed to the Australasian as refrigerator engineer in October 1896. He was promoted to fourth engineer in March 1897, to third in July 1897, and to second engineer in July 1899. He transferred to the Damascus as second engineer in October 1901, and was promoted to chief engineer in July 1902. In March 1907 he was transferred to the Marathon, and in September 1910 he was appointed superintendent engineer for the Company. Owing to ill-health he felt unable to continue his duties, and resigned in December 1918.

Mr. Mannell took a keen interest in engineering, and besides being a member of the Institute of Metals, he was a member of the Institution of Naval Architects, the Institute of Marine Engineers, the Iron and Steel Institute, the North-East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders, the Wireless Society of London, Ice and Cold Storage Association, L'Association Internationale du Froid ; and was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In his earlier years he was an enthusiastic member of the Volunteers, and became a first-class shot like his father before him, who was First Lieutenant in the 5th Battery Artillery Volunteers, Cornwall. He was a Freemason of the Cornish Lodge.

Mr. Mannell was elected a member of the Institute of Metals on March 17, 1914.

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