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George William Appleby

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George William Appleby (1860-1910)

1911 Obituary [1]

GEORGE WILLLIAM APPLEBY was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne on 24th June 1860.

He was educated at Westport House School, Great Grimsby, and served his apprenticeship from 1875 to 1881 in the works of Messrs. John Abbot and Co., at Gateshead.

As chief engineer he served in the mercantile marine, and with Messrs. R. and W. Hawthorn and Co., and Sir W. G. Armstrong and Co., in the ordnance works and shipyard.

In 1887 he went to China as engineer of one of the Chinese gunboats for Messrs. Armstrong and Co., and soon after the taking over of the vessel by the Chinese Government he joined the Coast Staff of the Imperial Maritime Chinese Customs as second engineer.

In 1895 he was promoted to be first engineer of the revenue cruiser "Likin."

Subsequently he was engaged in surveying and superintending the docking and repairs to the Customs and Chinese cruising launches stationed in South China.

In 1890 he had conferred upon him the Order of the Pao Hsing (4th class) in recognition of the services he rendered.

His death took place at Shanghai on 29th August 1910, at the age of fifty.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1899.

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