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John Payne

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of Tower Hill and Vauxhall Yard, Bristol

Shipbuilders and marine engineers

Active from 1859 - 1924

Acraman's had a yard built in St Philip's Marsh near the Feeder Canal in 1839, where they built chain-propelled floating bridges for the Gosport-Portsmouth crossing which were too wide to pass through the floating harbour.

1840 Acraman's opened a second yard in Bedminster, a well equipped yard which built a number of early steam ships.

1862 The yard passed to John Payne Ltd

As the Vauxhall Yard, it launched dozens of small vessels directly into the New Cut

1925 The yard closed[1].

A good account of the Company and its vessels is given in Wikipedia [2]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Wikipedia entry for New Cut (Bristol)
  2. [2] Wikipedia entry for John Payne Ltd