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Miller, Ravenhill, and Salkeld

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Miller, Ravenhill, and Salkeld, engineers and iron ship builders, of Glasshouse fields, Ratcliff and Orchard Wharf, Blackwall[1].

1845 Partnership change. '... the Partnership which previously to the 30th day of June 1845, existed Between us the undersigned, Joseph Miller, Richard Ravenhill, George Cowen, and John Salkeld, as Engineers and Steam Engine Manufacturers, and carried on by us, at Glasshouse-fields and Blackwall, in Ihe county of Middlesex, under the firm of Miller, Ravenhill, and Co., was, on the said 30th day of June 1845; dissolved, by mutual consent, so far as regards the said George Cowen, who then retired therefrom. ...'[2]

At some point the firm became Miller, Ravenhill, and Salkeld.

1851 Miller and Ravenhill's new works at Walker were completed [3].

1852 Oscillating engines with feathering paddles supplied for the ‘Solent’ and the 'Tyne'.

1852 Engineers and iron shipbuilders at Ratcliff and Blackwall[4].

1852 December: Joseph Miller retired from the firm.

1855 Henry Salkeld (not a close relative of John Salkeld) was a ships chandler at Willington Quay[5].

1855 Miller, Ravenhill, and Salkeld, iron ship builders, Low Walker yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne[6]

1856 Engineers, of Blackwall, subscribed £100 to the Smith Testimonial Fund, commemorating the work of F. P. Smith in promoting the screw propeller.

c.1858 Ravenhill supplied the oscillating engines for the four Telegraaf paddle steamers built by Fop, Smit jun & Co of Kinderdyk, near Rotterdam.[7]

1860 Death of Joseph Miller - see Ravenhill, Salkeld and Co

1860 Wigham Richardson was founded and took over the former Wallsend yards of John Coutts and Miller and Ravenhill.

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Sources of Information

  1. Post Office London Directory (Small Edition), 1852
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:17 September 1847 Issue:20774 Page:3350
  3. The Newcastle Courant, 31 January 1851
  4. Post Office London Directory (Small Edition), 1852
  5. History, Topography & Directory of Northumberland, 1855
  6. History, Topography & Directory of Northumberland, 1855
  7. The Practical Mechanic's Journal, 1 October 1858