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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

William Cecil Lacombe


L0NG experience in the business of marine repairs, ship and boiler scaling and painting, and other branches of ship service have given to William C. Lacombe, now controlling owner of the Morgan Engineering Company and president of the National Ship Service Corporation, a very prominent place among those iden-tified with these branches of work in and around the harbor of New York.

Mr. Lacombe, who is a native of San Francisco, being the son of George A. and Mary Ann (Kelly) Lacombe, after leaving school served in the Army Transport Service during the Spanish-American War, and afterward from 1899 to 1901. He was then engaged on shop work with the Ris- don Iron Works from 1901 to 1906 in San Francisco, and when Mr. Moore, general manager of the Risdon Works, started the new enter-prise of Moore & Scott Iron Works in 1906, he took Mr. Lacombe with him. In 1913 Mr. Lacombe was employed by the American Marine Paint Company to establish branches throughout the Orient, and spent two years traveling through

Japan, China, Philippine Islands, Java and the East Indies. In 1915 he came direct from Australia to New York and established the New York office of the American Marine Paint Company.

In 19x6 Mr. Lacombe organized the National Ship Service Corporation, of which he is the president and treasurer. The business of that company, which has its main New York office at 10 Bridge Street, is ship and boiler scaling and painting, and the corporation, which is now in a very prosperous condition, controls a very large share of the work in its line in and about New York Flarbor, and for the prosecution of that work owns and operates a large amount of floating equipment and is enabled to do work of the best quality.

Recently Mr. Lacombe has acquired the controlling interest in the Morgan Engineering Company, which has its main office and works at the

foot of Morgan Street, in Jersey City. It has a complete plant, with every facility and requirement for the prosecution of its business, the company being engineers, machinists and boiler- makers, making specialties of marine repairs, including light and heavy forgings, carpenter and joiner work, coppersmith work, light and heavy plate work, and the company has ample wharfage facilities for ships undergoing repairs.

In connection with war service the Morgan En-gineering Company has been engaged in a very large amount of important work, having among others converted eight cargo ships into troop transports, and being the second in volume of work completed in this line in the port of New York. This company also re-cently rebuilt the steamer "Pathfinder" for the Universal Transportation Company, and is specializing in marine repairs, for quality of which it is unsurpassed.

Mr. Lacombe is a man of energy and enterprise, who has earned his way to success by exceptional ability and a long and practical knowledge of ship service needs.

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