The annual joint meeting of the three major marine societies in the Los Angeles, Calif., area turned out, as usual, to be a success. The Marine Technology Society acted as host. Their guests were The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
President of Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pa., Paul E. Atkinson, after 35 years of employment, has announced his intention to retire from the company at year end. To make the transfer of authority as smooth as possible, Mr. Atkinson submitted his immediate resignation.
Bird-Johnson Company, Walpole, Mass., has begun construction of a $5-million blade-machining facility to convert bronze castings into finished marine propeller blades. The announcement was made by Howard H. Scott, chairman and chief executive officer, at a cornerstone-laying ceremony.
A.L. Burbank & Company, Ltd., New York, N.Y., well-known steamship owners, agents, brokers and consultants to the maritime industry, has announced the election of Peter Burbank to the office of chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the company.
The Puget Sound Section of the Marine Technology Society elected officers at its first general meeting, held recently at the Seattle Aquarium. Nearly 200 persons attended the meeting and were given a behind-thescenes tour of the aquarium. Officers elected were: chairman — Ken W.