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James Macarthur

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James Macarthur (c1838-1891), Shipbuilder of Paisley - presumably J. McArthur and Co


1891 Obituary [1]

We have also to record the death on Monday of this week of another shipbuilder of some note on the Clyde, namely, Mr. James Macarthur, of Abbotsinch Shipbuilding Yard, Paisley, at the somewhat early age of fifty-three years.

After completing his apprenticeship with the old-established firm of Messrs. Robert Steel and Co., Greenock, the deceased was employed as marine inspector for the Royal Mail Steamship Company, many of whose vessels were built on the Clyde.

In course of time he transferred his services to the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, where, as outside manager, he superintended the launching and fitting out of many of the famous vessels built there, including the Alaska, Orient, Austral, and the Czar of Russia's yacht Livadia.

Some years ago Mr. Macarthur began building on his own account at Paisley, and managed the concern at Abbotsinch with great ability.

Unassuming and quiet in manners, with a genial disposition, the deceased was beloved and respected by all with whom be came in contact, and his death will be sincerely regretted all along the Clyde.

Mr. Macarthur leaves a widow, two sons, and three daughters.


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