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Peter Calderwood Rielley

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Peter Calderwood Rielley (c1885-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

PETER CALDERWOOD RIELLEY was for twenty years in business in Shanghai as a consulting engineer.

He was born in Greenock, where he received his technical education and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Scott and Company from 1898 to 1902.

He then went to China as a marine engineer and joined the China Navigation Company. Later he obtained a British Board of Trade Extra First Class engineer's certificate and rose to be chief engineer. From 1912 he confined himself solely to work on land, and went into business on his own account as a consulting engineer, with offices in Shanghai. Two years later he went into full partnership, the firm being known as Parker, Rielley and Company, consulting engineers and naval architects, also with offices in Shanghai. He was responsible for complete designs for ocean steamers and for special types of light-draught high-speed steamships and motor ships; he carried out surveys on coal mines in the Nanking district, and also undertook salvage work. In addition he acted as arbitrator in engineering disputes in industrial undertakings.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1934, less than a year before his death, which occurred on 18th February 1935.

His age was 50.

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