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Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Co

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1897. Five HP Electric Motor.
June 1898.
August 1899.
February 1901.
January 1902.

Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Company of Hubert Street, Leeds Road, Bradford.

1897-8 The company was building motors and dynamos (See adverts)

1900 Business established[1]

1903 'The Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Company, of Bradford, are stated to have purchased from the liquidator of Rosling and Fynn (Ltd.) the whole of the works, business and patent rights, and intend, after some extensions to the buildings have been completed, to consolidate the plants at Thornbury.'[2]

1905 Producing the Phoenix electrically-driven sensitive drill.[3]

1911 Electrical Exhibition. Induction motor

1911 Issued catalogue on direct-current generators and large motors

1917 the Admiralty contracted the company to construct a new flying boat around a new monocoque hull designed by Lieutenant Commander Linton Hope and built by Southampton chandler May, Harden and May.

1918 Phoenix was asked to build two Armstrong Whitworth FK10s and enlisted the help of Bradford cabinet makers Christopher Pratt and Sons to help with the wooden bodywork. The company had experience from the earlier Porte series[4] and completed the first assembly in 1918 .

1918 The company became part of the English Electric Co.

  • Generator on Showman's engine seen at Dorset Steam Fair 2007. Phoenix Dynamo and Motor Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Who's Who in Engineering
  2. Yorkshire Evening Post, 5th February 1903
  3. Engineering, 27 Jan 1905
  4. The Porte series was named after Lieutenant-Commander John Cyril Porte who was commander of the Royal Naval Air Station at Felixstowe; he improved the hull designs of the Curtiss flying boats, before developing the Felixstowe flying boats from those experiments
  • Biplanes, Triplanes and Seaplanes by Michael Sharpe published in 2006
  • Aeroplanes of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) by J. M. Bruce. Published 1982 ISBN 0-370-30084-x
  • The Engineer of 13th October 1911 p390 & p413