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Robert Hill Abbott

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Robert Hill Abbott (1864-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

ROBERT HILL ABBOTT was superintendent engineer in Manchester for the Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation for twenty-five years.

He was born in 1864 and received his technical education at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1885.

From 1880 to 1883 he served an apprenticeship with Messrs. Burman and Firth, engineers and millwrights, of Dewsbury.

Subsequently he became a draughtsman in the Dewsbury works of Messrs. I. and F. Horsfield, boilermakers and engineers.

In 1886 he joined the Yorkshire Boiler Insurance and Steam Users' Company as an inspector, and was thenceforth concerned with boiler insurance and inspection for the remainder of his career.

After holding various responsible posts in boiler insurance companies, he was in 1899 appointed by the Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation to open the engineering department at their Manchester branch, following the firm's entry into the business of engineering insurance.

Mr. Abbott retired in 1923 and lived in the Manchester district until his death, which occurred on 18th October 1935.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902.

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