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Naval Construction and Armaments Co

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1890. Pacific steamship Empress of India.
1890. HMS Latona.

Naval Construction and Armaments Co of Barrow-in-Furness were shipbuilders.

1867 Works laid out by the Barrow Shipbuilding Co

1873 First vessel launched.

1881 the firm launched for the Inman Line, the SS City of Rome, then, with the exception of the Great Eastern, the largest ship in the world.

1886 launched the pioneer submarine, Nordenfelt IV.

1888 The new Naval Construction and Armaments Co had entered agreements with Nordenfelt Co for the supply of machine guns; they would also make use of Nordenfelt's arrangements in other countries to obtain orders for fully armed ships; also acquired Mr T Nordenfelt's patents in Great Britain for submarine torpedo boats, two of which had already been built at Barrow[1].

1888 The Barrow Shipbuilding Co was taken over by the Naval Construction and Armaments Co, which began the manufacture of naval armaments. Over 100 vessels of all types had been constructed by this firm.

1889 - 1892 They constructed six vessels, Binnie, Barrow, Belvedere, Bazalgette, Burns and Barking which were used to carry London's processed sewage, known as sludge, from the treatment plants at Crossness and Barking out into the Thames Estuary where it was dumped at Barrow Deep and Black Deep.[2] Each had a carrying capacity of 1,000 tons. [3]

1890 Her Majesty's Armoured Cruiser Latona

1896 The Powerful, sister ship to the Terrible built on the Clyde, was launched.

1897 Vickers, Sons and Co purchased the Naval Construction and Armaments Co of Barrow-in-Furness. Name of the company was changed to Vickers, Sons and Maxim[4].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Morning Post, 21 February 1888
  2. Lloyd's Register Collection LRF/PUN/Brw
  3. Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council 1911, Page 179
  4. The Times, 17 November 1897