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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Joseph Arthur Sloan

THE name of Sloan has been very prominently identified with the history of shipbuilding in the United States for many ears, first on the Great Lakes, and more recently the Pacific Coast. Joseph Arthur Sloan, of catcle and inacortes, Wash., is one of the best- Known shipbuilding men in the country. He was ::rn in Cleveland, Ohio, January 20, 1862, the n of Edward Henry and Mary (Dillon) Sloan. He was educated in the common schools of De- rr:it, Mich., and Cleveland, Ohio, and had his rs shipbuilding experience in the winter of 75-6 working for his father. In January, 1877, r.e quit school and went into the yard of Robert Q-ayle Sons, of Cleveland, to learn the ship-car- renter trade. He completed his trade at the yards r Frank W. Wheeler & Company in West Bay City, Mich. Later he worked in the yards of " illiam Radcliff, Cleveland; John Craig & Sons, at Trenton, Mich., and later at Toledo, Ohio; the Detroit Dry Dock Company, Detroit, Mich., and the James Davidson Shipbuilding Yard at Bay City, Mich. He was engaged as foreman in several of these yards, and became one of the most skillful shipbuilders on the Great Lakes. He had an important and creative part in the remarkable evolution of shipbuilding on the Great Lakes, and -as identified with the building of many of the finest vessels that sailed the lakes during that period.

Believing that there was an especially favorable rening for shipbuilding on the Pacific Coast, he zr;:ded to go there, and arrived at Seattle on ,'anuary 7, 1898. When he first went there he -vent to work at the Hall Brothers Yard at Wins- . Wash., his purpose being to familiarize himself with the Pacific Coast methods in shipbuild- ng. and the Hall Yards then having the reputa- n of being the largest shipbuiding enterprise on the Pacific Coast. Since then he has been engaged

- the shipbuilding business in the Puget Sound jntry, building both on his own account and on ?-b-contracts for various companies.

Besides being a practical shipbuilder he is a

- irul designer of wooden ships and has done an f.ce business as consulting shipbuilder, and has i out several shipyards on the Pacific Coast.

He has designed and built a large number of sailing and steam vessels of every kind, dredges, ferryboats, and in fact all kinds of craft for marine uses built of wood. He served as superintendent for the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company, and about twenty schooners have been built in the past two years under his plans. His practical knowledge of the art of shipbuilding has enabled him to produce ships specially adapted to that section.

Mr. Sloan is president of the Anacortes Shipbuilding Company, whose yards are located on Guemes Island, across from Anacortes, Wash., which company he organized in April, 1917, with a capital stock of $250,000, and since then has been engaged in building wooden vessels under the auspices of the United States Shipping Board, Emergency Fleet Corporation. Mr. Sloan has established for himself on the Pacific Coast the reputation of being a master of his craft, with a knowledge of the art of building wooden ships not surpassed by any other shipbuilder in the country.

It is just because of his superior knowledge of the art of designing and building wooden ships that Mr. Sloan is constantly called into consultation by the shipbuilders in connection with the methods of construction of wooden ships and the planning of shipyards for the building of such ships on the Pacific Coast.

He became interested, in 1911, with his brother, Philip D. Sloan, in the organization of the Seattle Dry Dock Company, the name of which was afterward changed to the Sloan Shipyards Corporation, and which is now one of the leading yards for the building of wooden ships. He is still a stockholder in that company, which in 1917 built an extensive plant at Olympia, Wash., and has been active in building ships for the United States Shipping Board.

Mr. Sloan has always taken an interest in public affairs, is affiliated with the Democratic Party, and was a Democratic presidential elector for the State of Washington in 1916.

He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Seattle, of the Commercial Club, the Commonwealth Club, the Public Ownership League, the Elks, and the Seattle Athletic Club.

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