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Caledonian Tube Co

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January 1888.

of Coatbridge, Glasgow, tube makers

Boiler makers

Richard Prosser had invented and patented machinery for the rapid welding of long metal (lap-welded) tubes. A Scottish patent obtained jointly with Job Cutler, also of Birmingham, in 1843 led to their establishing the Caledonian Tube Company, in Coatbridge.

1844 Company established by Richard Prosser and Job Cutler

1846 Prosser resigned but this led to complex litigation.

Presumably Caledonian Iron Boiler Tube Co was a related (if not the same) concern. Also see Caledonian Iron Boiler-Tube Works

1912 Incorporated into the Scottish Tube Co on its formation.

Prosser The Engineer: "A Forgotten Birmingham Genius" - Richard Prosser's life and work is being studied in depth by Susan Darby, and a wealth of information has been made available online. The instalment of his biography "Tubes: A Wealth of Trouble" Part 1 covers information concerning The Caledonian Tube Co.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Biography of Richard Prosser, ODNB