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William Blakey

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1769 W. Blakey of Great Peter Street, Westminster, London provided a description and illustration of his patent fire-engine for raising water from ponds, rivers, wells, etc., and raising it to any height. It appears to be of the Savery type. The drawing shows a cylindrical boiler wholly contained within a furnace, two cylindrical steam receivers, one above the other, and various manual cocks and non-return valves[1]. The same illustration appeared in Rees's Cyclopaedia.

Blakey emigrated to Liege, and later demonstrated a Savery-type engine at the Hague, where he obtained a 15 year patent. He then built a simpler version at the University of Leiden[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Scots Magazine, 1 December 1769
  2. [1] 'The Rise and Decline of Dutch Technological Leadership' Vol 1, by Karel Davids, Brill, 2008