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Samuel Ernest Baber

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Samuel Ernest Baber (1866-1914)

1916 Obituary [1]

SAMUEL ERNEST BABER was born at Hutton, Somersetshire, on 24th July 1866.

He received his general education at Weston-super-Mare from 1876 to 1883, and served an apprenticeship from 1884 to 1888 in the workshops and drawing-office of the Broadweir Engine Works, Bristol, at the same time attending evening classes at the Merchant Venturers' Technical College, Bristol.

In March 1888 he went to sea as fourth engineer, becoming successively third engineer in the same year, and second engineer in 1890; and in 1891 he passed the first-class Board of Trade examination.

In 1892 he went to sea again as chief engineer on the S.S. "Aberdare," and in September of the same year he received his commission as Assistant Engineer, R.N.R. This was followed by four years as second engineer and later as chief engineer of the S.S. "Monomoy," of Bristol; and in 1895 he received his commission as Engineer, R.N.R.

From 1896 to 1897 he again acted as chief engineer, and in 1897 was appointed Superintendent Engineer to the Menantic and Mendota S.S. Co.

In 1899 he came to England to superintend the building of the new fleet of the Atlantic Steamship Co., and continued as Superintendent Engineer until the dispersal of that fleet. He then practised as a Consulting Engineer in Bristol.

His death took place at Keynsham, Bristol, on 28th February 1914, in his forty-eighth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1899.

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