Prominent Shipbuilder Robert M . Fraser Dies At A g e Of 70

Robert M. Fraser, 70, of Superior, Wise., well-known Great Lakes shipbuilding and shipping executive, died recently following a lengthy illness. He devoted most of his life to shipbuilding at the head of the Lakes, rising from helper to president of his own company, Fraser Shipyards, Inc. in Superior.

He first worked as a helper at Marine Iron and Shipbuilding's Duluth yard in 1932 while still attending school, and went to work full time after graduation. In 1941, when Globe Shipbuilding Company was organized in Superior, Mr. Fraser joined it as hull superintendent, and at the age of 26 was probably the youngest shipyard superintendent in the U.S. He served in that capacity through World War II.

When Superior's Knudsen brothers took over operation of the old American Shipbuilding Company yard in 1946, Mr. Fraser went with them as superintendent. In 1955 the shipyard was sold to Mr. Fraser and Byron Nelson, and with the latter's retirement in 1964, Mr.

Fraser took over full operation of the yard, where he continued until his retirement in 1974.

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