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Ebenezer Kemp

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Ebenezer Kemp ( -1892) of A. Stephen and Sons


1892 Obituary [1]

Much sincere regret has been expressed by many persons at the premature death by drowning in the Firth of Clyde, of Mr. Ebenezer Kemp, who was long the engineer partner of Messrs. A. Stephen and Son, shipbuilders and marine engineers, Linthouse, Glasgow.

The deceased, who was rather over sixty years of age, retired from active business three or four years ago, having made a moderate competency, on which it was his desire to spend the rest of his life in a quiet and retired way.

Mr. Kemp, served his apprenticeship in Hydepark Engine Works, Glasgow (Messrs. Neilson Brothers); and subsequently he spent two or three years with Messrs. Scott and Sinclair, Greenock (now Messrs. Scott and Co.), who then carried on both locomotive and marine engineering.

Then he was for a time in a responsible post with Messrs. Gourlay Brothers and Co., Dundee; and from that post he found his way back to the Clyde, and for some years had the management of Barry's shipbuilding yard, near Glasgow. Eventually he became a partner in the Linthouse concern of Messrs. Stephen and Son, as already mentioned.

During that portion of his professional career he did much good work in the way of increasing the reputation of the Clyde in marine engineering. Mr. Kemp was for many years an active member of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, serving as a member of council and as a vice-president; and shortly after his retirement from the Linthouse firm he was elected President of the Institution, in which capacity he worked very zealously for the full term of two years. While in active work as a mechanical engineer within the past dozen or fifteen years, be devoted much thought and inventive skill to improvements on the marine boiler, the screw propeller, the triple-expansion engine, &c.


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