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Kelvin and James White

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Compass and binnacle displayed at the Maritime Museum of BC.
Compass and binnacle at the Maritime Museum of Denmark

1899 Lord Kelvin resigned from his University chair

1900 Kelvin became a director in the newly formed limited liability company, Kelvin and James White Ltd which acquired the business of James White. At the same time, Kelvin's nephew, James Thomson Bottomley (1845-1926), joined the firm.

c.1904, a London branch office was opened which by c1915 had become known as Kelvin, White and Hutton Ltd.

1913 Kelvin and James White Ltd underwent a change of name becoming Kelvin, Bottomley and Baird Ltd.


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