OrnaVerum
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20 Mar 2021
updated 20 Mar 2021

Certificate in Naval Architecture

I am very grateful indeed to Dr Anne Cameron in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Andersonian Library at the University of Strathclyde, for transcribing the following details of Robert's studies and assessments during his five years of evening classes at the Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical college.

OE/11/3/2/13: Register of students, GWSTC, session 1900–01
Name: Robert Waddell
Date of birth: 04.07.1883
Occupation: [column left blank]
Address: 11 Kelvinside Terrace, Glasgow
Qualifications for admission: [School] Leav[ing] Cert[ificate], Dynamics
Subjects taken: Mathematics; Applied Mathematics

OE/11/3/2/14: Register of students, GWSTC, session 1901–02
Occupation: Engineer
Subjects taken: Mechanics I; Mechanics II

OE/11/3/2/15: Register of students, GWSTC, session 1902–03
Address: 19 [sic] Kelvinside Terrace, Glasgow
Occupation: Engineer
Qualifications for admission: 'Course I, 1901–02'
Subjects taken: Mechanics II; Naval Architecture I. The register indicates that Mr Waddell qualified for a second-class certificate of merit in Mechanics II, which meant he had achieved an overall mark of between 60% and 80% for this subject. He qualified for a first-class certificate of merit in Naval Architecture I, which meant he had achieved over 80% for that subject.

OE/11/3/2/16: Register of students, GWSTC, session 1903–04
Address: 19 Kelvinside Terrace, Glasgow
Occupation: Engineer
Qualifications for admission: '1.1/1902–03'
Classes taken: Steam I; Naval Architecture II. He qualified for a second-class certificate of merit in Steam I.

OE/11/3/2/17: Register of students, GWSTC, session 1904–05
Address: 19 Kelvinside Terrace, Glasgow
Occupation: Engineer
Qualifications for admission: '1.2/1904'
Classes taken: Steam II; Naval Architecture III. He qualified for second-class certificates of merit in both subjects.

After successfully completing each of these years of study, Mr Waddell earned the Certificate in Naval Architecture in 1905, and his name accordingly appears in the GWSTC's 'Register of Certificate Holders, 1887–1908' (OE/11/3/4).

The GWSTC tried to keep track of the various jobs taken by students after they qualified, and recorded the details in a card index. There is an index card for your grandfather, which notes several of the appointments he held after leaving the GWSTC – I have attached a scan of this as it may be of interest to you.

Career card for Robert Waddell