Apprenticeship in Steam: The Memoirs of a General Engineer - Jack HampshireUnstated: Traction Engine Enterprises, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is heavily toned at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings;
From the cover: “Jack Hampshire, well known to steam enthusiasts all over the country, was born at Cowes, Isle of Wight, in 1898. During his childhood his father acquired — almost by accident, as this book tells — a steam engine and saw bench which led to the growth of a large haulage business employing steam traction engines and steam wagons.
The author, in spite of his youth, was actively associated with the early years of the family business, and on leaving school entered into an apprenticeship in steam engineering in order to provide his father with some expert assistance. His formal employment with the firm was interrupted by a spell in the Navy as a steam engineer from 1917 to 1919, but then he worked with his father and brother until 1922. He then had a year as an engineering representative with the Edison Steam Rolling Company before rejoining the family business until its closure in 1929.
He joined the Merchant Navy as a steam engineer in 1930 and on the outbreak of war in 1939 he was released to erect steam sawmills for the Home Grown Timber Commission and teach sawmill operation and work to prisoners-of-war. From 1943 to 1945 he served with the steam section of Operation Pluto, and with steam ships and marine steam engines from 1945 to 1965.
About this time he recovered a 1930 Foden Steam Wagon from a scrap yard in Ely. It was in an extremely dilapidated condition and for three years he worked on its restoration until finally steam was raised again in the old vehicle. Since that date Jack Hampshire and the Foden Wagon have become a familiar part of Steam Rallies in many parts of the country, and there is no doubt that the thousands of enthusiasts will welcome this book.”