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Ralph Frederick Hindmarsh (1877-1948)
1948 Obituary 
1948 Obituary 
RALPH FREDERICK HINDMARSH was born at Newcastle on the 2nd February, 1877, and died at Bournemouth on the 16th March, 1948.
He received his early education at the Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and his practical training with the late Mr. A. S. Dinning, Civil Engineer, of Newcastle.
He entered the service of the Tyne Improvement Commission in 1898 as assistant engineer to the late Mr. James Walker, M.I.C.E.
In 1902 he became principal engineering assistant to Mr. Walker and from 1903 to 1909 acted as resident engineer of the Tyne pier works.
In 1909 he was appointed chief assistant engineer to the Commission, and in January 1915 succeeded the late Mr. N. G. Gedye, M.I.C.E., as Chief Engineer, which position he held until his retirement in 1947. The many additions to the facilities of the Tyne during his period of office included the Albert Edward dock, the Tyne Commission quay and extension, the Sutherland and north-west quays, deep-water berths at Jarrow Slake, the swinging area at Tyne Main, and the removal of Felling Point.
During the first World war an Admiralty floating dock was berthed at Jarrow Slake; a new quay was built at Wallsend and the Commissioners’ engineering yard at Howden was fully modernized. Between the two wars he prepared and carried through a plan for the clearance of derelict sites on the river banks....[more]