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J. W. Brooke and Co

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1892. Universal Improved Steel Friction Clutch (Brooke and Hay's Patent).
November 1902. Includes Mawdsley Brooke.
January 1903.
January 1903. 12 h.p.
January 1903.
January 1903.
February 1903.
May 1904.
September 1905.
1906. Chassis of six-cylinder car.
1906 Q4. 25hp. Six-cylinder.
1906. 15-20 h.p.
1906. 15-20 h.p.
1906. 35 h.p.
1906. 35 h.p.
September 1908.
1914. Shipped to South America this passenger launch is 60ft by 11 ft built of Yank teak.
1914. 45 hp, 4-cylinder single lever with Epicyclic Reverse Gear.
1914. 4 Admirality launches.
1914. A passenger motor boat built for the Leopoldina Railway Co intended to carry up to 100 passengers across the harbour of Rio de Janeiro.
1929. 10 H.P. 28 H.P. and 105 H.P. Marine Motors.

J. W. Brooke of Adrian Ironworks, Lowestoft

John Walter Brooke was the son of an ironfounder

1870 He laid out the works of Robert Warner and Co

Brooke went to the USA where he spent time in Adrian, Michigan

1874 John Walter Brooke opened his own foundry on his return, and named it after Adrian, Michigan.

1887 Was making compound and triple expansion engines for fishing, coasting and other craft

1894 June. Royal Agricultural Society's Show. Clutch barrel hoist.[1]

1898 The company became limited

1899 Built their first I.C. engine - a small two-stroke.

1902 April. Details of their three-cylinder car.[2]

1904 March. Details of their 15-20 hp petrol car.[3][4]

1904 London office by Bernard B. Redwood.[5]

1904 September. Details of the automatic carburetter.[6]

1905 Produced 15-20 h.p. four-cylinder, 25 h.p. six-cylinder and 35 h.p. four-cylinder models. [7]

1905 March. Details of their 35-hp car.[8][9][10][11][12]

1906 November. Details of their six-cylinder car.[13][14]

1908 March. Details of their 40-hp car.[15][16]

1909 Exhibited a 35 ft estuary cruiser and a 16 ft hydroplane 16ft. fitted with a 12 h.p. Brooke hydroplane engine. Brooke also made a 45 hp marine power plant.[17]. See Brooke Marine: Engines

1910 Gold medal at the Buenos Aire Exhibition for motors and inspection carriages[18]

c1914 Introduced a four-stroke engine for marine use

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Cars produced see the 1917 Red Book

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Marine Motors see the 1917 Red Book

WWI Brooke established the Lowestoft Munitions Factory[19].

1925 Exhibited launches, and a range of motors designed for racing work, as well as the Brooke Empire motor and Brooklite self-contained lighting sets.[20]

1934 J. W. Brooke and Co was renamed as Brooke Marine Construction Co

1940 Became part of the Dowsett Group and was renamed Brooke Marine

1940s Carried out contract work for Standard Motor Co and Scammell

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Steam Engine Builders of Norfolk by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1948 by The Augustine Steward Press