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Frank Salter

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Frank Salter (1848-1888)

41 Christchurch Road, Streatham Hill.

1888 December 31st. Died aged 40. [1]


1889 Obituary [2]

. . . . His apprenticeship was served in the workshops of the London and North Western Railway Company, at Crewe, from 1868 to 1870, and in 1871 (the second year of the Whitworth scholarship), he competed in the workman’s competition in which he was successful. After this he had experience of the Newcastle engineering strike in 1871, being then with Clark, Watson and Gurney, followed by a short stay with Gwynne, of Hammersmith.

From 1874 until 1881, he was manager of Bryan Donkin and Co's works at Bermondsey, and on the reconstruction of that firm, he became one of the partners, acting as managing partner in the works, until the failure of his health in the autumn of 1887. . . . . [more]


1889 Obituary [3]

FRANK SALTER, younger son of the Rev. W. A. Salter, of Amersham and Leamington, was born on 19th October 1848, and was educated at Amersham Hall School and University College, London, ultimately graduating as Bachelor of Science, London.

He served his apprenticeship in the workshops of the London and North Western Railway at Crewe in 1868 and 1869; and gained a Whitworth scholarship in 1870, the second year in which those scholarships were given, for which lie competed as a workman.

In 1871 he was in Newcastle with Messrs. Clark Watson and Gurney; from whom he went for a short time to Messrs. Gwynne, of Hammersmith.

From 1874 until 1881 he was manager of Messrs. Bryan Donkin and Co.'s works at Bermondsey; and on the reconstruction of that firm he acted as managing partner in the works, until the failure of his health in the autumn of 1887. With the exception of a short time in the following summer, he was unable to resume work; and his illness terminated fatally on 31st December 1888, at the age of forty.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1887.

To the Institution of Civil Engineers he contributed a paper on economy in the use of steam; and in conjunction with Mr. Bryan Donkin, Jun., papers on some trials of a rotative pumping engine, and on the measurement of water over weirs. An extensive series of experiments on the small steam engine now in the engineering laboratory of University College, London, was made by him together with Mr. Bryan Donkin, Jun., and Mr. B. W. Farey, in 1871-1881, the results of which were published in "Engineering" in November and December 1886.


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