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Vaughan and Son

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June 1880.
1889. Travelling crane at Deptford Station of the London Electric Supply Corporation.
December 1889.
1899. Messrs. Vaughan Overhead Electric Traveller Erecting Shop.
1899. View of Electric Crabs in Progress at the Manchester Works.
1899. Self-Sustaining Hand-Power Traveller.
1899. 25-Ton Overhead Rope Traveller at Deptford Station of London Electric Supply Corporation.
1899. 20-Ton Overhead 3-Motor Electric Traveller.
1899. 50-Ton Overhead 3-Motor Electric Traveller.
1899. 15-Ton Overhead Platform Traveller.
1899. 50-ton overhead electric Traveller.
1901. 125 ton four motor electric crane.

Vaughan and Son of Royal Ironworks, West Gorton, Manchester.

Previously Vaughan and Stubbs

1879 December: the business was carried on by Henry Vaughan and subsequently became Vaughan and Son. Henry's son William was a partner in the firm.

1885 Started making overhead cranes.

1886 William H. Vaughan listed as engineer, &c (Vaughan & Son). Vaughan & Son listed as engineers and sole proprietors of Vaughan and Stubbs self-acting water ejector, steam trap and wrought iron pulley makers and millwrights, Royal Iron Works, West Gorton [1]

1888 Fly Rope Travelling Crane. [2]

1891 12-ton overhead crane with 71 ft 6 in span for Woolwich Arsenal, powered by wall-mounted square lineshaft. In the same report, reference is made to a rope-driven crane being built for Fleming and Ferguson, Paisley, with a span of 60 ft and a capacity of 50 tons.[3]

1895 William Henry Vaughan listed as engineer (Vaughan & Son), Lindum Lodge, 30 Brook Road, Fallowfield [4]

1900 Issued article about the development and construction of electric and other travelling cranes based on their work in this field. [5]

1911 Large electric capstans for ship warping service. [6]

1915 Name changed to Vaughan Crane Co

1920 April. Issued catalogue on hoisting machinery including overhead electric travelling cranes. Listed as Vaughan Crane Co. [7]

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Sources of Information

  1.  Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1886 (Part 1: Alphabetical Directory)
  2. The Engineer 1888/04/20 p315
  3. The Engineer 1891/03/13
  4. Slater's Manchester & Salford Directory, 1895 (Part 1: Alphabetical Directory)
  5. The Engineer 1900/02/09 p145
  6. The Engineer 1911/12/29 p670
  7. The Engineer 1920/04/30 p458