Seaward and Capel
Seaward & Capel were makers of engines for steamships, of Canal Iron Works, Millwall
John Seaward, his brother Samuel Seaward and James Durnford Capel gained renown for introducing the direct-acting paddle-engine. They fitted warships as well as Thames steamers, and also made swing-bridges and cranes.
1838-42 See 1839-1842 Marine Engine Makers for details of engines made for the Admiralty
1841 Seaward and Capel supplied patented disconnection gear for the paddle steamer HMS Styx
1843 The Penelope steam frigate (Seaward and Co of Poplar). Engines made for the steam frigate Firebrand (Seaward and Capel)
1852 The Amazon was lost at sea from fire, having earlier suffered from overheated bearings
1854 Shear legs erected by the company at Southampton Docks c.1847 collapsed
1855 Seaward and Capel exhibited machinery at the Paris Universal Exhibition
1856 Subscribed £10 to the Smith Testimonial Fund, commemorating the work of F. P. Smith in promoting the screw propeller.
1856 The partnership of Seward and Capel at Canal Iron Works was dissolved; (James Durnford Capel left the business); John Seaward would be responsible for the business in future
1858 John Seaward died. The yard was auctioned.
1860 the Canal Works were taken over by William Jackson and Richard Watkins.
Sources of Information
- The Times, May 08, 1841
- The Times, Feb 09, 1853
- The Times, Apr 11, 1851
- The Times, Jan 08, 1852
- The Times, Jan 04, 1854
- London Gazette 23 January 1855
- London Gazette, 12 August 1856
- A Short History of Naval and Marine Engineering by E. C. Smith. Published 1937
- Mechanics Magazine Volume XXXIX (39) 1843 Pt2 p46