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The Spinning Vicar of Screw

One of the problems with the first propellers was the drag experienced when under sail. This was because ship owners and operators weren’t exactly 100% confident in the new steam boilers and screw propellers. They saw the propeller as a … Continue reading

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The amazing Dennys

The Denny family of Dumbarton was pretty amazing. Originally they were farmers but in 1779, William was born and everything changed. For reasons lost in the mists of time, William wanted to build ships. So he did. By 1814 he … Continue reading

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Not Samuel Baxter

This week I was going to write about a chap called Samuel Baxter. In 1868 he created a new kind of anchor. He sounded like a pretty cool guy. Except I didn’t find out a whole lot about him. So, … Continue reading

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Forgotten engineers

Today I researched two engineers who appear to have been all but forgotten. And yet, they invented major devices to make ships go faster and the other was also a pretty smart businessman. I feel it my duty to rectify … Continue reading

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Charles John Mare

Charles John Mare was a marine engineer. Apparently he was very good at what he did. He was also quite successful. He built up his own business (Mare & Co) building ships for the navy. This was not his first … Continue reading

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Come view the fat man

At work on Friday, I was looking for some information on a couple of artists with the unlikely names of Sparrow and Tinkley and, quite by accident, came across the strange biography of Daniel Lambert, “…the most corpulent man of … Continue reading

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