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Cochran and Co (Annan)

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February 1901.
Multitubular Donkey Boiler. 1907.
Boiler (detail). Exhibit at Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester.


1928.Sectional Model of Multitubular Boiler.
February 1931.
March 1946.
Cochran boiler on display at Ironbridge Gorge Museums.

of 34 Victoria Street, London, SW1. Head Office: Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Telephone: Victoria 9341. Telegraphic Address: "Multitube, Sowest, London"

Cochran and Co built a range of boilers, especially vertical boilers suitable for ancillary (Donkey) uses on ships.

1878 Business established - Cochran and Co - at Birkenhead.

c.1900 The company moved to Annan

1903 Company incorporated[1].

Took licence for Sinuflo technology.

1913 Advert for boilers. [2]

1922 Directors: H. L. Davies, C. E. Crompton. Products: "Cochran" patent vertical multitubular boilers, and accessories.

1922 Works and Head Office: Annan, Scotland. London Office 7c, Lower Belgrave Street, S.W.1. Products "Cochran" patent vertical multitubular boilers, and accessories.

1926 They changed the address of their London office from 7c Lower Belgrave-Street, S.W.1. to 137, Victoria-Street, S.W.1.[3]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Cochran Vertical Coal Fired Boiler, 7ft. 0in. (2.13 meters) diameter, on permanent loan to the Exhibition for heating and hot water services. Cochran Kirke Sinuflo Gas-fired Boiler and Patent Sinuflo Tubes. (Stand No. A.311)

1937 Public company; shares offered for sale but not tradable on any stock exchange[4].

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Cochran Kirke Patent "Sinuflo" Gas-fired Boiler, 1ft 6in. (0.46 meter) diameter, 6ft. 3in. (1.9 meters) fitted with complete automatic equipment. Steam output 150lbs (68.04 kilos) from and at 212⁰F (100⁰C). (Stand Nos. Ca.709 and Ca.608) [5]

1940 Advert for boilers. [6]

WWII: constructed pumps, air bottles for marine diesels, and parts for the Mulberry Harbour[7].

1945 Advert for boilers. [8]

By 1949 seems to have had Ruths Accumulators (Cochran) as a subsidiary

1961 Engineers and boiler makers. 700 employees. [9]

1964 Manufactured distillation column for Shell's Stannlow refinery which was delivered by floating it by sea.

1968 Acquired the shell boiler busines of Ruston and Hornsby; rights issue needed to pay for it[10].

1969 John Thompson took over Cochran and Co which would give them half of the UK market for industrial packaged boilers. Merged with Thompson's shell boiler business as Thompson Cochran[11].

Note: (06/08)

  • The company is still in Annan and has its own website: [1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 28 January 1937
  2. Mechanical World Year Book 1913. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p392
  3. The Engineer 1926/10/15
  4. The Times, 28 January 1937
  5. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 350
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p194
  7. The Times, 7 November 1945
  8. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p232
  9. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  10. The Times, 19 October 1968
  11. The Times, 5 February 1969
  • [2] The Royal Burgh of Annan