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W. Sisson and Co

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1927 marine engine at Markham Grange Steam Museum
1944. 75 hp Marine steam engine. Exhibit at National Waterways Museum, Gloucester.
One of the pair of engines at Westonzoyland Museum
Exhibit in Westonzoyland Museum. Detail.
1961. Teaching engine. Exhibit at Bolton Steam Museum.
Slow speed engine. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
Slow speed engine. (Detail). Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.

William Sisson and Co of Gloucester, specialized in the design and devolopment of high speed launch and marine engines and boilers and also designed vessels of all types, used initally on the Thames, Severn and Lake Windermere.

William Sisson had a strong interest in technical education, and the firm also became known for designing engineering equipment for educational purposes

1889 Established by William Sisson when he took over the small marine engineering works of J. J. Seekings and Co, situated near the Docks.

1896 Engine for SS Henley

1901 Manufacturers of stationary steam engines for marine use

1904 The business became a limited liability company. New works were built at Barnwood.

1908 Article in the American Machinist 'Design of an English High Speed Steam Engine' [1]

1911 Supplied steam power units to the Cardiff railway. The boilers were by Abbott and Co and the carriages by Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Co

1917 Single-crank tandem compound engine. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum.

Post-WWI building a wide range of special machinery for Messrs. Cadbury Brothers[2].

1924 Appointed Mr A. Fleming Browne as their London representative.[3]

1939 Engine for Swindon Gas Works

Post WWII Belliss and Morcom Ltd. began to take a financial interest in Sisson's

1958 Belliss and Morcom acquired full control of the company

Westonzoyland Museum Have a vertical engine and a high pressure/low pressure pair of high speed teaching engines.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Design of an English High Speed Steam Engine' by Philip Bellows, American Machinist, 22 October 1908, p.590ff.
  2. Obituary of Samuel McAdam Scott
  3. The Engineer 1924/08/01
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6
  • National Archives [2]