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Manchester Steam Users Association

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March 1872.
1918 test plate on a Fowler ploughing engine

Manchester Steam Users Association for the prevention of boiler explosions and for the attainment of economy in the application of steam, of 41 Corporation Street, Manchester.

1854 William Fairbairn addressed a meeting in Manchester proposing a voluntary association to prevent boiler explosions and improve fuel economy[1]

1853 (more probably 1855) Robert Bewick Longridge was appointed chief inspector[2] of the Manchester Association for the prevention of Steam Boiler Explosions.

1858 Robert Longridge left the association

1862 Lavington Evans Fletcher was chief engineer

1869 Lavington Fletcher was chief engineer of the Manchester Association for the Prevention of Boiler Explosions[3].

c.1869 The name of the Association was changed to Manchester Steam Users Association for the prevention of boiler explosions and for the attainment of economy in the application of steam

1875 At a commemoration of the death of the President, Sir William Fairbairn, the Vice-Presidents of the Association were Sir Joseph Whitworth, Thomas Bazley, Hugh Mason and John Penn[4].

1875 Mr Fletcher, of the Manchester Steam Users Association testified as to the cause of a boiler explosion[5].

1876 Classified under Boiler Insurance and Inspection Companies[6].

1896 Only one of 44 boiler explosions that the Association had recorded in the past year occurred in a boiler of a member of the Association, and that was in "peculiar circumstances"[7].

1927 Mr Harold Lee was president of the Association.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 22, 1854
  2. National Archives [1]
  3. The Times, Nov 13, 1869
  4. The Times, Jan 02, 1875
  5. The Times, Oct 29, 1875
  6. Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1876. Part 2: Trades, Institutions, Streets, etc.
  7. The Times, Jun 18, 1896
  8. The Engineer 1927/04/01