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Dunlop, Bell and Co

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Seen at Capelas, Azores.
Seen at Capelas, Azores.
Exhibit at the Dover Transport Museum.
Part of winch at Big Pit, Blaenavon
Dunlop Bell road steam crane taken at Liverpool Docks in the early-mid 1950s by John Brownlie.

Dunlop, Bell and Co Ltd, engineers; Albert Engine Works, 46 Greenland Street, Liverpool.

Probable successors to Hodge, Hislop, Dunlop and Co.

See James Dunlop and James Bell (or John Bell?)

Marine Engineers. Products included marine engines and winches.

1878 Advertising two steam winches. Dunlop, Bell and Co, 31 Greenland Street.[1]

1885 Dunlop Bell supplied to the London South Western Railway a 15-ton steam breakdown crane in 1885; in 1927 it was Southern Railway No. 32S.

1885 'Horne v. Dunlop, Bell & Co. This case was before the Queen's Bench Division yesterday. It was an appeal from the decision of the County Court judge of Westminster in action brought by Mr. William Horne, engineer, of London, to recover £59 10s. from the defendants, Messrs. Dunlop, Bell, and Co., of the Albert Engine Works, Greenland-street, Liverpool, on account of commission upon orders alleged to have been secured for the defendants from Messrs. Blandy and Co., of Madeira......' [2]

1889 Supplied five steam winches for SS Pocasset, built by Robert Stephenson and Co., Hebburn, for the Mediterranean and New York Steamship Co[3]

1914 '....Charles Arthur Dunlop, an apprentice in the employ of Dunlop, Bell and Co., engineers, Bootle, and on November 22 last was assisting in repair work to a gantry in the yard of Messrs. Alfred Dobell and Co., Derby-road. The man with whom was working dropped a brass, and plaintiff went down recover it. When ascending the ladder with the brass he put his hand on the rail of the gantry to help him in getting up, and at that moment a crane was started without any warning being given, with the result that had his right hand badly injured, two of the fingers having to be amputated. Mr. Procter (instructed by Messrs. Evans, Lockett and Co.), for the plaintiff, said that in consequence of the accident Dunlop was unable to use spanner or hammer with the injured hand and that the injury put an end to the boy’s hopes of becoming a marine engineer ....' Awarded £250.[4]

A paragraph and photo appear in Peter Tatlow's book on British Breakdown Cranes. [5]

Two cylinder twin drum steam winch at Tilmanstone Colliery, Kent, in use until the pit closed in 1986[6]

1916 Mention of William Dunlop of Dunlop, Bell and Co.[7]

1925 Firm still going.

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Sources of Information

  1. Liverpool Mercury - Tuesday 26 February 1878
  2. Liverpool Mercury - Friday 27 February 1885
  3. Shields Daily Gazette,15 April 1889
  4. Liverpool Daily Post, 20 May 1914
  5. Chris Capewell Queens Park London
  6. Plate 79, ‘The End of a Revolution: The Last Days of Stationary Steam’ by Colin Bowden, Landmark Publishing Ltd., 2008
  7. Liverpool Echo - Thursday 10 February 1916