WE much regret to announce the death, which occurred on Jan. 24, of Sir Alfred Fernandez Yarrow, the veteran marine engineer and shipbuilder. The son of a clerk in the employ of a West India merchant in the City of London, Sir Alfred Yarrow was born on Jan. 13, 1842. Evincing from his earliest years great natural ability, Yarrow attended first a small private school, and then at the age of thirteen years entered University College School, where he had Joseph Chamberlain as a schoolfellow. At the age of fifteen and a half years he was apprenticed to Miller, Ravenhill, and Salkeld, an eminent firm of marine engineers on the Thames, which had been founded by Joseph Miller in 1822 and had gained a high reputation as makers of machinery for mercantile vessels and for warships. One of the contracts completed by the firm during Yarrow's apprenticeship was the machinery for the cross-Channel steamer s.s. Leinster, one of four very notable craft running between Holyhead and Dublin, having a speed of eighteen knots.