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Randolph, Elder and Co of Govan.
1852 John Elder joined as a partner and started making marine engines, a sideline that was to supersede the original work.
1853 In January 1853 they took out a patent for 'an arrangement of compound engines adapted for the driving of the screw propeller. The engines are vertical, direct-acting and geared. The pistons of the high and low pressure cylinders move in contrary directions and move diametrically opposed cranks with a view to diminution of strain and friction'
1854 First application of a compound engine to steam ship propulsion.
1868 Charles Randolph retired.
1870 William Pearce (later Sir William) took charge of the yard.
1870s The yard mainly made liners for a number of Far Eastern and Australasian companies, many of which went on to have long term associations with the yard, as well as 55 warships between 1870 and 1909.
1876 Won contract for three engine and boilers for Admiralty corvettes.
1878 Launched the first of 6 corvettes from the Fairfield Yard, Govan.
1880s Early users of manganese bronze propellors.