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Alexander Wilson and Co

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April 1870.
January 1872.
February 1872.
June 1872.
1877. Twin screw launch engines and boiler.
1877. Compound condensing launch engines.
1877. Paddle engines for light draught steamers.
January 1880.
June 1880.
June 1880.
June 1880.
December 1889.
December 1889.
June 1898. Formerly of the Vauxhall Ironworks.
August 1899.
February 1901.
January 1902.

Vauxhall Ironworks, 92 Wandsworth Road, then later at 172 Fenchurch Street, London.

Makers of screw engines for ships etc.

formerly Brown Wilson and Co

1868 Brown Wilson and Co was dissolved; Alexander Wilson was responsible for the debts.

1869 'Mr. Wilson, London agent to Mr. Graham, of Glasgow, the maker of the exploded boiler....Alexander Wilson, engineer, of the Vauxhall Iron Works, disposed that he knew of the boiler in question, as being agent for the maker of it in Glasgow.'[1]

1873 Mention at the 1873 Vienna Universal Exhibition. 'Wilson, Alex., and Co., Vauxhall Iron Works, Wandsworth-road, London'[2]

1875 At the time of the liquidation of another of his companies, Alexander Wilson was also carrying on a separate business as an Engineer at the Vauxhall Iron-Works, No. 92, Wandsworth-road, in the county of Surrey, under the style of Alexander Wilson and Co.'[3]

By 1884 the company had built 130 cylinders for compound marine engines. The latest engines employed Payton and Wilson's patent circular balanced and double-ported valves actuated by Joy's valve gear[4]

1892 became a limited liability company with William Gardner as MD

1896 John Henry Chambers appointed receiver and later manager

1896 Vauxhall Ironworks Co became the successor company with William Gardner and John Henry Chambers as joint managing directors.

Alexander Wilson continued as shipbuilders (see advert).

1898 Alex Wilson is shown as of 172 Fenchurch Street, formerly of the Vauxhall Ironworks.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. London Evening Standard - Tuesday 17 August 1869
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:26 August 1873 Issue:24011 Page:3957
  3. [1] The London Gazette Publication date:2 November 1875 Issue:24262 Page:5250
  4. The Engineer 1884/10/31
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