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Thomas Walker and Son

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Excelsior IV Patent Log.
Walker's 'Harpoon' log from the 1860s, at the Maritime Museum of Denmark
Walker's 'Trident' electric log, at the Maritime Museum of Denmark
1971. Magnalog.

of 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham. Later of 'The Walker Building' 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham.

Previously T. Walker and Co

The business of Thomas Walker (of Birmingham) and Thomas Ferdinand Walker

1861 Thomas Walker with his son Thomas Ferdinand Walker patented the first 'Walker Ship Log'[1]

1862 Maker of steam boilers, alarm water gauges, and other machinery - London Exhibition.

1863 Set up business making ship's logs.

1871 Thomas Walker died. The business also advertised its pressure gauges under the name T. Walker and Sons

1872 Thomas Walker and Son, patentees & manufacturers of the harpoon ship log & sounding machines & of the selffeeding stoves[2]

1873 Thomas Walker and Son, of Oxford St[3]

1890/91 Also see T. Walker and Son

1892 Thomas Walker and Son, of 58 Oxford St, patentees & manufacturers of the self feeding Phoenix stove[4]

1896/7 Directory: Advertiser. More detail - ships' logs and nautical instruments.

1912 Thomas Ferdinand Walker and his son Thomas Sydney Walker completed new premises known as the Walker Building on Oxford Street. (*Note: Not to be confused with the 'Walker Art Gallery' by Andrew Barclay Walker).[5]

The first Walker electric log was produced at Walker building.[6]

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Sources of Information

  2. 1872 Kellys Directory
  3. 1873 Kelly's Directory of Birmingham
  4. 1892 Kelly's Directory of Birmingham