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Biographical entry Williams, John (1896 - 1989)

5 March 1896
February 1989
Company director


(Sir) John Williams introduced mechanical grab buckets in the early 1930s which were adapted to work on a ship's derrick to discharge bulk cargo on the Melbourne wharf. He described this in his autobiography, So Ends This Day (1981).


Born 5 March 1896. Died February 1989. Kt 1967; CMG 1960; OBE. Educated Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Carmarthen. Master Mariner; Chief Salvage Officer and Executive Member, Commonwealth Marine Salvage Board 1941-46; Officer in charge of salvage operations of RMS Niagara on behalf of Bank of England 1942 (£2,396,000 worth of bullion was recovered from depth of 438 feet of water); Underwriting Member of Lloyds; Managing Director, The Fleet Forge Pty Ltd; Fleetways Transport Pty; United Gold Recoveries Pty Ltd; Chairman, Australian Coastal Shipping Commission (Australian National Line); Chairman, Penmore Pty Ltd; Chairman, City Ice and Cold Storage Pty Ltd; Chairman, United Salvage Pty Ltd.

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Rosanne Walker