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MacAdam, Brothers and Co

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June 1872. The water turbine.

Soho Foundry, Belfast.

They made Fourneyron-type water turbines to the design of William Cullen (of Armagh) and Robert MacAdam. One of these, supplied to Catteshall Mill on the River Wey at Godalming, was removed for preservation at Ironbridge.

'The largest steam-engine ever made in Ireland is now being shipped at Belfast for the Pacha of Egypt. It is one of a number intended to be erected on the banks of the Nile, for pumping water to irrigate the land. The cylinder is 62 inches in diameter, with a 10-foot stroke ; and the pump will throw up 10,000 gallons of water every minute. The makers of this engine are Messrs. MacAdam, Brothers, and Co., of the Soho Foundry, Belfast' [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Belfast News-Letter, 31 March 1848