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Edward Henry Dashper

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Edward Henry Dashper (1865-1931)

1931 Obituary [1]

EDWARD HENRY DASHPER was for over fifty years in the service of the marine department of the Southern Railway.

For thirty-one years he was superintendent engineer and no fewer than forty-two vessels were designed and delivered under his supervision.

He was born in Southampton in 1865, and joined the London and South Western Railway Company in January 1880 as an apprentice at the Steam Packet Department marine engineering workshops at Northam. He spent seven years in the shops and drawing office, and afterwards went afloat as second engineer of the "St. Malo," and later the "Laura" and the "Dora." He was appointed chief engineer of the "St. Malo" at the early age of 24, and afterwards served in many other steamers in the Company's service.

In 1894 he came ashore to act as assistant superintendent engineer, and six years later he was appointed superintendent engineer. With increased responsibilities his title eventually became Mechanical Engineer, Docks and Marine Department.

Mr. Dashper was closely associated with the design and construction of the "Hantonia" and "Normannia," the first twin-screw passenger ships to be fitted with geared turbines, and he was also keenly interested in the first experiment made by Signor Marconi in wireless telegraphy in British waters on the Company's paddle-steamer "Solent."

Mr. Dashper became a Member of the Institution in 1912.

His death occurred on 19th August 1931.

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