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Humphrys, Tennant and Co

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1899. Engines for the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert.

Humphrys, Tennant and Co of Deptford were makers of steam engines and stationary engines. [1]

Previously Humphrys, Tennant and Dykes

1860 The SS Mooltan was built for Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co by Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co with superheated compound engine by Humphrys, Tennant and Co[2].

1861 Letter to "The Times" from Humphrys and Tennant[3].

Robert Humphrys, son of the founder of the company Edward Humphrys, joined the company and soon took responsibility for the contracts for marine machinery[4].

1869 Made the engines for the turret ship Monarch[5].

Supplied engines for many of the vessels built by Armstrong, Mitchell and Co[6].

1882 Humphrys, Tennant and Co, of Deptford Pier, London SE[7]

1891 Humphrys, Tennant and Co, of Deptford Pier, London SE[8]

1894 Triple expansion engines for the Russian Battleships Poltava and Tri Sviatitelia[9]

1899 Engines for The Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert

1905 "Humphreys" was spelled with "e" in The Engineer

1905 Demonstrated the value of using forced lubrication in the bearings of the engines of HMS Carnavon[10]

1907 Humphrys, Tennant and Co announced the closure of the works at Deptford Pier, blaming this on the higher wages that had to be paid in the London area, the higher cost of coal and materials, and the much higher rates in London, especially the rating of machinery[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. The Times, Oct 06, 1860
  3. The Times, Dec 05, 1861
  4. The Times, Nov 13, 1925
  5. The Times, Jan 15, 1869
  6. The Times, Nov 13, 1925
  7. Post Office London Directory, 1882. [Part 2: Commercial & Professional Directory]
  8. Post Office London Trades Directory, 1891
  9. Article and illustration in the The Engineer 1894/01/19 p49 & p54 & before p63
  10. The Times, Sep 16, 1908
  11. The Times, Oct 30, 1907
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10