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Cleveland Engine Works

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of Birkenhead

Proprietor Richard Elihu Dickinson

1871 Established

1879 Closed

1880 Description of a 'Novel Steam Crane' made by R E Dickinson & Co of Cleveland Engine Works, Birkenhead. It had just been erected in Mr John Fleming’s Camperdown Sawmills, Dundee. Erected on wood gantry 240 ft long, 25 ft above ground, span 50 ft. Side carriages made from best boiler plate instead of cast iron (less risk of cracking in cold weather). Pitch pine cross beams with wrought iron tie rods. Well braced to avoid twisting in the event that wheels on one side slipped in frosty weather. 'Power supplied from line shafting of the sawmill by means of a small hemp rope no thicker than a man’s finger.'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Dundee Courier - Monday 6th December 1880
  • Obituary of Richard Elihu Dickinson