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Joseph Temperley

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A well-known ship owner of London who had long been struck by the inadequacy of the old-fashioned method of unloading ships using derricks and winches. About the time that "turret ships" appeared he patented a transporter consisting of a long I-section boom on which a traveller could be moved by means of 2 ropes[1]. The traveller ran on the lower flange, the boom being triced up to a movable framework or shear legs, and the traveller worked by means of two ropes engaging upon the drums of a double-barrelled winch, the whole apparatus being arranged to command the hold of a vessel, and a point from 20ft. to 30ft. over board.

Mr. Temperley being dissatisfied with the initial apparatus as being too complicated; in addition the special kind of winch necessary for his purpose was found to be somewhat unsuitable for general use on board ship; it was furthermore found that the management of two ropes was a skill not readily acquired by the ordinary winchman. Temperley designed a system requiring only a single rope in collaboration with Mr. John R. Temperley, for many years engaged by the War-office in connection with torpedo work, and later also with the assistance of the Temperley Transporter Co's manager, Mr. S. M. Cockburn.

C.1854 Born in Hexham, son of William and Margaret Temperley, corn and provision merchant[2]

  • 1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Grand Prix Diploma for Large Mechanical Constructions

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1900/06/22
  2. 1861 census
  • The Engineer of 2nd November 1894 p387