Capt. Arthur David LINKLATER

Captain Arthur David LINKLATER 1879 - 1955

Working for Dhunjibhoy Bomanji (iv)

Honoured of them all

Arthur - or Dum as I can nearly start calling him again - summarized his time with Bomanji Dhunjibhoy in a C.V. he prepared in 1927 as follows;

The firm I was with in Bombay held the sole contract for the docking, shoring and undocking of vessels in the graving-docks of the Bombay Port Trust, and in addition were the sole contractor in Bombay to The British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd. and general shipping and labour contractors.

My duties here consisted in the general supervision of the business, the engaging and supervision of labour, boats, bunkering, loading, and landing etc, and this brought me in daily association with the Harbour administration in connection with vessels docking, coaling, ballasting etc.

My contract in Bombay has terminated and I am free to take up other employment. I have no pension.

There you have it in black and white; "I have no pension." A character reference from Dhunjibhoy written from The Willows, Windsor [England!] dated 10th August 1923 confirms that their agreement had terminated. This is to certify that Captain A. D. Linklater has been in my employ as Assistant and General Superintendent in Bombay since the 1st of August 1916, until the 30th of June 1923, when his Contract terminated, and with great regret I had to dispense with his services.
During the period Captain Linklater was with me, I found him a very hardworking man, absolutely reliable, trustworthy, honest and capable, and I can most safely recommend him for a similar post.

If you have been paying attention you will recall that the 1919 Agreement stated The period of employment shall be five years from the 1st day of February 1920 yet here we are in August 1923 with things agley. There are two typed documents that shed a little light on matters. The first has the ring of something prepared for legal purposes, for a solicitor to brief a barrister maybe. It is worth noting here that at the end of the same C.V. Dum [there he is!] lists Some people in this country to whom I am known. Apart from Naena and Evelyn's father, Robin Roxburgh, shown at left in his Scottish Advocate guise, there was also, inter alia Sir Leslie Scott, shown at right in full fig as a lord Chief Justice but who was then, ca. 1923 a Judge in Chambers with special expertise in maritime law and Naena's employer - and later, if not then, her lover.

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