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c.1924 120 HP 2-stroke Vickers-Petter engine ex-York Waterworks, at Anson Engine Museum
Detail at Grey Mare Gold Mine, New South Wales, Australia. SE686.

of Ipswich, manufacturer of Vickers-Petter oil engines

1913 Consolidated Diesel Engine Manufacturers, built works at Ipswich for the manufacture of Diesel engines in multi-cylinder units up to 1,000 horse-power per cylinder.[1]

1915 Vickers Ltd. purchased the Ipswich factory to build engines for submarines [2]. Manufactured oil engines up to 500h.p.

1918 After the Armistice, Messrs. Petters Ltd. of Yeovil needed more capacity for construction of their two-stroke engines and knew Vickers well.

1919 Petters entered into an agreement under which Vickers built their diesel engines. Ranged from 10 (or 25) bhp (single) to 510 bhp (six-cylinder).[3]

1921 Vickers-Petters Ltd formed as joint company[4] by Vickers and Petters.

1923 Advertisement for Vickers-Petter and Petter diesel engines[5].

1924 Advert says they are oil engineers and supply marine engines up to 500 bhp.[6]

1925 Mr W. A. Sycamore was appointed London manager - London office, 75b, Queen Victoria-street, EC4.[7]

1926 Vickers sold their interest in Vickers-Petters to Petters.[8]

1927 Vickers-Petters renamed Petters (Ipswich) Ltd.

1928 Petters (Ipswich) closed at end of year; manufacture of larger engines transferred to Petters' premises at Yeovil[9].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1926 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Visits to Works]]
  2. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2
  3. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2
  4. Report on the meeting of Vickers Ltd, The Times, 23 December 1921
  5. The Times, 16 October 1923
  6. 1924 Naval Annual Advert page xxv
  7. The Engineer 1925/09/25
  8. The Engineer 1926/12/17
  9. The Times, 3 July 1928