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Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« on: Thursday 10 May 07 18:57 BST (UK) »
I'm trying to find info on Jimmy McClean who worked at Shorts in the 50's. Also I would be interested in making contact with any old Shorts people of that period and find out if anyone has copies of the "Short Story" that the company published in the same era. All my requests in various venues have so far not borne fruit and I'm beginning to wonder if all the old guys from flight test, the design office and the loft have flown away to the hangar in the sky.
Alan F.

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Topping, Mulholland.
Lisburn, Maze.

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Re: Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 10 May 07 19:20 BST (UK) »
Alan,

You'll be after the PETIT-CREWs then?!

[Sorry, couldn't resist.
 Please forgive me!]

Good luck with your search.

John
WHITTLEY - Donegore, Ballycraigy, Newtownards, Guernsey, PALI
WHITTLE - Dublin, Glenavy, Muckamore, Belfast; Jamaica; Norfolk (Virginia), Baltimore (Maryland), New York
CHAINE - Ballymena, Muckamore, Larne
EWART, DEWART - Portglenone, Ballyclare
McAFEE, WALKER - Ballyrashane

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Re: Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 10 May 07 21:16 BST (UK) »
Hi John, presumably a name (Pettigrew) but not one I recognise - but perhaps there is another hidden message in there that, for the life of me, I can't decipher.
Are you ex-Shorts?
Alan
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Lisburn, Maze.

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Re: Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 10 May 07 22:20 BST (UK) »
Alan,

Yes, the name PETTIGREW is the key.
[It derives from the Hugenot PETIT-CRU, meaning "of small stature".]

I was attempting to make a joke linking "SHORTS" and "CRUISE"-LINING (Harland & Wolff, Titanic, etc.).

Guess it sunk without trace.
[Its the way I expell them - isn't it?..?..?]

Guess there's no point in trying to extend the the scope to David and Goliath ...


The closest I got to SHORTS was when I was in the cub scouts.
[But I did know a man who did some consultancy there once ...]

Just ignore me - everyone else does!
Will crawl back in to my cave now ...

Hey, if were not having fun we shouldn't be doing it!

John [The occasional spoiler.]
WHITTLEY - Donegore, Ballycraigy, Newtownards, Guernsey, PALI
WHITTLE - Dublin, Glenavy, Muckamore, Belfast; Jamaica; Norfolk (Virginia), Baltimore (Maryland), New York
CHAINE - Ballymena, Muckamore, Larne
EWART, DEWART - Portglenone, Ballyclare
McAFEE, WALKER - Ballyrashane

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Re: Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« Reply #4 on: Friday 11 May 07 18:32 BST (UK) »
I'm trying to find info on Jimmy McClean who worked at Shorts in the 50's. Also I would be interested in making contact with any old Shorts people of that period and find out if anyone has copies of the "Short Story" that the company published in the same era. All my requests in various venues have so far not borne fruit and I'm beginning to wonder if all the old guys from flight test, the design office and the loft have flown away to the hangar in the sky.
Alan F.

Hi there...

You would'nt have any info pertaining to Sir Philip Foreman, who was affiliated with this company? Would be extremely interested in it....

All the best
Wendy
Barrie/Barry-Forfar
Broun/Brown-Kirriemuir, Forfar, Angus
Carr-Belfast
Close -Belfast, Antrim and Down, Mageraghall; Ontario, Canada 
Crowe- Belfast
Gardiner/Gardner-Belfast, Scotland
Hennion- USA
Hedley- Belfast
Lawlor-Belfast, Down: Ontario, Canada
McPherson-Esquising, Ontario
McKernan-Australia
Ramsay-Kirriemuir,Scotland
Thompson-Derry; Ontario-Canada
Walker- Kirriemuir,Forfar,Dundee Scotland
Wilkinson-Belfast

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Re: Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« Reply #5 on: Friday 11 May 07 19:52 BST (UK) »
Hi Wendy, I can tell you that Phil Foreman was the Chairman and Managing Director of the company in the early eigthies. He initially came aboard as Chief Engineer sometime earlier.
I can tell you more but I need to go back through my old papers to refresh the memory. I'll be pleased to do that but I'm going out of town for a couple of weeks so it will be the end of the month before I can make progress.
Do let me know if you are prepared to wait a while.
Alan
Topping, Mulholland.
Lisburn, Maze.

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Re: Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« Reply #6 on: Friday 11 May 07 20:02 BST (UK) »
Hiya Alan F,

It might be an idea to post a message on Belfast Forum. Several of the site members worked at Shorts ...
I read one message in which one of the members said that Shorts belonged to their family as so many
of them were employed by the company 8)

Chris 

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Re: Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« Reply #7 on: Friday 11 May 07 21:31 BST (UK) »
Hi Wendy, I can tell you that Phil Foreman was the Chairman and Managing Director of the company in the early eigthies. He initially came aboard as Chief Engineer sometime earlier.
I can tell you more but I need to go back through my old papers to refresh the memory. I'll be pleased to do that but I'm going out of town for a couple of weeks so it will be the end of the month before I can make progress.
Do let me know if you are prepared to wait a while.
Alan

Hi there...

Thank you, yes...prepared to wait..plse see the private message I sent you.

All the Best
Wendy
Barrie/Barry-Forfar
Broun/Brown-Kirriemuir, Forfar, Angus
Carr-Belfast
Close -Belfast, Antrim and Down, Mageraghall; Ontario, Canada 
Crowe- Belfast
Gardiner/Gardner-Belfast, Scotland
Hennion- USA
Hedley- Belfast
Lawlor-Belfast, Down: Ontario, Canada
McPherson-Esquising, Ontario
McKernan-Australia
Ramsay-Kirriemuir,Scotland
Thompson-Derry; Ontario-Canada
Walker- Kirriemuir,Forfar,Dundee Scotland
Wilkinson-Belfast

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Re: Short Bros & Harland 1949/1960
« Reply #8 on: Friday 11 May 07 22:13 BST (UK) »
Hello Alan

I just spotted your posting while browsing.

I wonder whether you have seen the short article by Jimmy McClean of Short Bros & Harland at:

http://www.peoples-history.org/Index.asp?MainID=5170

I have no connection with Jimmy or Short Bros (apart from great respect for their wonderful efforts in WWII).  This was just the result of a Google Search on your behalf.

With warm good wishes for your further research and I do hope that you find someone who remembers Jimmy!!

David
No particular names.  Just offering assistance, when I feel that I may be able to help.

Especially interested in enquiries concerning locations of Places and old Properties - farms etc., in England, Wales and Scotland.