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Standfield and Clark

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1891. Off-shore floating dock Hamburg for vessels of 5000 tons.

of Grays, Essex

1874 Josiah Latimer Clark, brother of Edwin Clark, entered into partnership with the late John Standfield, who had acted as Resident Engineer on Edwin Clark’s hydraulic lift graving-dock at Hog Island, Bombay.

Latimer Clark was an engineer of considerable note. When iron replaced wood, it became possible for floating docks to be designed capable of lifting steel structured ships at a very competitive cost.

The ongoing success of Clark and Standfield in repairing ships using floating-type dry dock soon established the company as leaders in their field. The company was mainly responsible for generating the acceptance and developing the full potential of floating docks. They were also involved in hydraulic canal-lifts.

1887 Built the first off-shore dock at their engineering works at Grays, Essex. This was launched and towed to Cardiff in June; a second dock of the same class was afterwards laid down, from Mr. Standfield's designs, at Hamburg, and became the most rapidly worked floating-dock in existence.

1901 Article 'Floating Graving Docks' by S. F. Staples of the company [1]

1973 Clark and Standfield provided assistance to Lloyd's Register of Shipping to bring out the Rules and Regulations for the construction and classification of Floating Docks.

The success of Clark and Standfield's floating docks and their considerable inventiveness led to numerous patent designs. The company is considered the foremost authority on the design and construction of floating docks.

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Sources of Information

  1. Fielden’s Magazine Vol 7
  • [1] BCC Shipping and Shipbuilding