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Thomas Wingate and Co

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of Whiteinch, shipbuilders and steam engine manufacturers

Presumably the same company as T. Wingate and Co

c.1832 Thomas Wingate established a shipbuilding yard, first on the south side of the Clyde, near to that of Tod and McGregor.

Wingate also designed iron bridges, the first over the Ribble for his cousin, Mr. Wilson, of Whitby Castle, one of the well-known Hull ship-owning family.

1838 The firm designed and made the engines for the Sirius, the famous pioneer Atlantic steamer built by Menzies and Co.

1840s Extensive widenings of the harbour caused the removal of both Tod and McGregor's shipyard, and the adjoining premises of Thomas Wingate.

The firm supplied their, then new, dredgers to deepen the rivers Clyde and Tees and the Rio de la Plata.

1853 The Rotary was built by Henderson, Coulborn and Co, Renfrew, with a rotary engine, the second example of Napier's patent design, which had been made for him by Thomas Wingate and Co.

The firm became well-known for making dredgers[1]

For a short time the firm were consultants to Comte Ferdinand de Lesseps in the Suez venture.

Supplied many steamers to the State Line, after its absorption in the Anchor Line.

1864 Thomas Wingate retired from business in favour of his sons - presumably Thomas, Andrew, Wilson and Patterson.[2].[3]

1866 Launched paddle steamer 'Palmerston' for the Thames [4]

1870 Engineers, founders and shipbuilders of Whiteinch, Partick[5]

1871 Built a double steam dredger for the port of Dublin[6]

1870s Wingates failed.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1902/10/31
  2. Obituary, in Engineering
  3. Obituary, in Engineering
  4. The Engineer 1866/05/18
  5. 1870 Directory of Glasgow
  6. The Engineer 1888/08/24
  • A Short History of Naval and Marine Engineering by E. C. Smith. Published 1937