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Wallis Vincent Browne

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Wallis Vincent Browne (1873-1921)


1922 Obituary [1]

WALLIS V. BROWNE was born 22nd August, 1873, and commenced his apprenticeship with Messrs. Earles & King, Liverpool, in 1890, serving three years with this Company.

He then attended the Liverpool University for one year, and finally completed his apprenticeship with the White Star Line in 1896. His sea-going career commenced with the White Star Line in December, 1896, and he served very ably in the various positions in the steamers, attaining the position of Chief Engineer on 30th January, 1907.

On 1st July, 1914, he was appointed General Superintendent at Genoa, being specially selected for this position owing to his extended service in the Mediterranean Service steamers. During his period of service he enjoyed the full confidence of the Management and the Company's Representatives, and fully proved himself capable of the exacting requirements of the Mediterranean-New York Service.

He resigned 27th September, 1920, to take up another appointment.

As soon as he had obtained his 1st Class Certificate of competency he joined the Royal Navy Reserve and was amongst the first engineers to take up his course of instruction in engineering at the Naval Dockyards. Subsequently he rose to the rank of Engineer Commander which he held at the time of his decease and during the war rendered exceptionally good work. His death took place on 30th April, 1921.

He was elected a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society on 3rd April, 1895.


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