January 4, 1982 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

David Watson Appointed General Manager At Bethlehem, Sparrows Point

The promotion of David Watson to general manager of Bethlehem Steel Corporation's shipyard at Sparrows Point, Md., was announced recently by David H.

Klinges, vice president in charge of shipbuilding.

Mr. Watson has been assistant general manager at the yard since 1976, and succeeds George S. Hamilton, who retired after 41 years of service with the company.

The new general manager, a native of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland, was employed by several shipbuilders in the U.K. for 11 years. He joined Bethlehem Steel at the Sparrows Point yard in 1965 as an engineer in the shipbuilding department's central technical division.

Two years later he was appointed chief industrial engineer for the shipyard. In that post, he was a key figure in the expansion that occurred at the yard during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The projects included the shipbuilding basin, panel shop, and blast and paint shop.

In 1971, Mr. Watson became assistant hull superintendent, hull superintendent in 1973, and general superintendent in 1974.

Two years later he was promoted to assistant general manager.

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