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Walter Bassett Basset

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1898. Construction of the great wheel for the Paris Exhibition. Engineered by Walter Bassett Basset.

Walter Bassett Basset (1864-1907).

Engineer of Lambeth, London.

1908 Obituary [1]

WALTER BASSETT BASSET, who died at Watermouth Castle, Ilfracombe, on the 27th May, 1907, was formerly a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and at one time served on board H.M.S. “Bacchante.”

Being in ill-health, in 1886 he resigned his Commission in the Navy, and subsequently adopted the profession of engineering, for which he was fitted both by inclination and aptitude.

After 3 years’ work with Messrs. Maudslay, Sons and Field, he was elected a director of the company in 1890, and in the following year, on the death of Mr. Richard Sennett, he became Managing Director. His name will be perhaps chiefly remembered in connection with the erection of 'great wheels' for amusement purposes, especially those at Earl’s Court, Blackpool, Paris and Vienna.

In 1899, on the dissolution of the business of Messrs. Maudslay, Sons and Field, he founded the Basset Screw and Nut Company at Houdeng, Belgium, designing and erecting for the purpose works covering 3 acres, and he acted as Director of the Company until his death.

Mr. Basset was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 4th February, 1896, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 2nd February, 1904.

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