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Frederick Bamford

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Frederick Bamford (1873-1943)


1944 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK BAMFORD was the founder, and for over thirty years the managing director, of the Stockport engineering firm bearing his name. He was well known in marine engineering circles as a specialist in the design and manufacture of propellers, particularly of those required for the propulsion of light craft of high speed.

He was born in 1873 and served his apprenticeship with Mr. Ellis Butterworth, general engineer, of Rochdale, from 1886 to 1894. After two years' employment as mechanical engineer at the Mersey Rubber Works, Warrington, he joined Lloyds Packing Company of Manchester in 1896, for whom he acted as engineer to various warehouses and took charge of the steam, hydraulic, and electrical plant. Three years later he began to practice on his own account as a consultant, specializing in the design of power plant. In 1904 he became assistant to the general manager of Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., of Manchester, and held this position until 1907, when he accepted an appointment as resident engineer to the Port Madryn Company, Argentina, where his activities included the construction of a new pier, an extension of the railway, the reconstruction of bridges, and the installation of the town's water supply.

On relinquishing that appointment in 1910 Mr. Bamford returned to England and in the following year established the marine engineering business in which he continued to take an active part up to the time of his death, which occurred in November 1943.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1910.


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