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William Barrie

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William Barrie (1849-1898)

Outside Superintendent Engineer, Nippon Yusen Kaisha Steam Ship Co., Yokohama, Japan.

1898 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BARRIE was born at Dundee on 2nd June 1849.

After serving a six years' apprenticeship in the London and North Western Railway works at Wolverton and Crewe, he was for a year and a half at Messrs. Pontifex and Wood's works in London, and on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway at Bhusawal.

Then for two years and a half he was junior engineer in the service of the Bombay and Bengal Steam Ship Co., Bombay, and of the British India Steam Navigation Co., Calcutta.

For the next year and a half he was foreman engineer at Messrs. Whitfield and Dowson's, Yokohama, and chief draughtsman at the Akabane Government Works, Tokio.

The following six years he spent at Tokio, as chief engineer in the Imperial Japanese telegraph service; with the National Mail Steam Ship Co.; and with the Mitsu Bishi Mail Steam Ship Co. To the last of these he then became outside superintendent engineer; and after holding this position for some years was appointed chief superintending engineer of the Nippon Yusen Kaisha, the Japan Mail Steam Ship Co. For his unwearied services to this company a decoration was conferred upon him by the Emperor of Japan.

His death, resulting from disease of the liver, took place at Yokohama on 29th October 1898, at the age of forty-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1885.

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