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Miller and Ravenhill

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at Blackwall, makers of marine engines.

1835 the partnership of Barnes and Miller was dissolved. Joseph Miller purchased the establishment in Glasshouse Fields; Richard Ravenhill joined him to form the partnership of Miller and Ravenhill.

1835 Engines of 120 H.P. were installed on HMS Blazer, the first vessel of the Royal Navy the firm equipped, followed by several others.

1837 Miller was consulted by Francis Pettit Smith about the screw propeller and encouraged to construct the engines and machinery for the SS Archimedes but the firm was too busy; the vessel was designed by Edward Pascoe‎‎ and built by Henry Wimshurst in 1838.

1838-42 See 1839-1842 Marine Engine Makers for details of engines made for the Admiralty

1838 Purchased a plate bending machine from Nasmyths Gaskell and Co[1]

1839 Miller and Ravenhill repaired the boilers and engines of the ‘Archimedes’ after an accident.

1842 After launching the "Prince Albert," the J. H. S. Coutts yard in Newcastle passed into the hands of Messrs. Miller and Ravenhill,

1843 Built the Prince of Wales steamer to run between London and Margate. The company built the steamer and the engines of 130 hp.

1844 engines for H.M.S. ‘Amphion’- the first use of direct-action horizontal screw-engines placed beneath the waterline - for the British navy.

1844 the firm secured the services of Mr. Pasco as their naval architect. At their new water-side premises at Blackwall, they constructed some very successful iron steamers, which attained great speed.

1846 John Salkeld was taken into partnership; the firm became Miller, Ravenhill, and Salkeld.


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Sources of Information

  1. 'James Nasmyth and the Bridgewater Foundry' by J. A. Cantrell, 1984