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James Abernethy and Co

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Hand winch manufactured by James Abenethy of Aberdeen; at quayside area Helmsdale, Sutherland, UK.

of Ferryhill Foundry, Aberdeen

1806 Company established.

1865 Made a small cast iron lighthouse for Aberdeen harbour, and also a 'beautiful cast-iron bridge for the Duke of Portland. It is to be landed at Helmsdale, and goes, I believe, to somewhere about Berriedale'. The bridge had a span of 50 ft, rise of 8 ft, four ribs spaced at 5 ft 6 inch intervals, each rib made in three sections.[1]

1881 A large lathe made by James Abernethy for turning granite columns in Australia has been preserved near the Eurobodalla Historical Society in Campbell St., Moruya, NSW[2]

1914 Engineers, Ironfounders, Boilermakers. Specialities: Ironfounding; Marine, Colonial and General Engineering; Millwright and Boiler Making; Bridge and Structural Iron and Steel Work. Employees 300 to 400. [3]

1919 Funeral of James W. Abernethy[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. John o'Groat Journal - Thursday 28 September 1865
  2. [1]Website with information about the lathe
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 7 May 1919