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Daniel Arthur Quiggan

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Daniel Arthur Quiggin (c1856-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

DANIEL ARTHUR QUIGGIN, Wh.Sc., whose death occurred on 13th May 1944 at the age of 88, was for fifty years managing director of the Liverpool Engineering and Condenser Company and a prominent consulting engineer in that city. He was educated at the Liverpool Institute and began to serve a five years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Laird Brothers, Ltd., Birkenhead in 1873, and concurrently attended classes at the Liverpool School of Science, gaining a Whitworth Scholarship in 1877 and a Royal Exhibition two years later.

On the completion of his training he continued in the service of Messrs. Laird as draughtsman in the engine department for a further two years. From 1880 to 1884 he served at sea as marine engineer and obtained a first-class Board of Trade Certificate. After acting as assistant to the late Mr. A. J. Maginnis, consulting engineer, he became superintendent engineer to Messrs. Baring Brothers and Company, of Liverpool. In 1889 he began to practice on his own account as a consultant, and at the same time established the Liverpool and London Condenser Company (later the Liverpool Engineering and Condenser Company) to manufacture marine and other auxiliary machinery and subsequently to develop his various patents which included the well-known Quiggin "dripless" tube for condensers.

He also effected many improvements in the design of evaporators, pumps, and other specialities, and was actively engaged on the design of naval auxiliaries for the Admiralty, on whose list he had been for half a century. For a number of years he was consulting engineer to Roumanian Consolidated Oilfields, Ltd., for whom he designed some large refineries.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1909 and was also a Member of theInstitution of Civil Engineers, and was the author of numerous papers on engineering subjects read before technical Institutions. Mr. Quiggin disposed of his business in 1930, when Messrs. Buckley and Taylor, Ltd., of Oldham, undertook the manufacture of marine auxiliaries to his designs. He acted as agent for this company until the time of his death.

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