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William Sadler (of London)

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of 96 Tooley Street, London

The well-known firm of diving equipment makers, Sadler & Co., is assumed to be the same company, having used the address 96 Tooley Street. Equipment also exists bearing the name Sadler & Co., Marine & Submarine Engineers, with the address Three Oak Lane London, S.E.

1841 'L'HIRONDELLE STEAMER.-Our readers will recollect the unfortunate accident, by which L'Hirondelle steamer was sunk in Howden Dyke, some months back. Great efforts were made, during the summer, to raise the vessel, under the superintendence of Mr. Sadler, of 96, Tooley-street, Borough, who is an excellent diver. By much exertion chains were got under her, notwithstanding she was so embedded, that it was deemed impossible to effect this object. The rains, and the freshes caused by them, delayed further operations,-and the work is now stopped till the spring, when Mr. Sadler will renew the attempt, which, we hope, will prove successful. In the meantime a buoy is moored over the vessel, to mark the spot, as a Caution to mariners.'[1]

1843 'LATE ACCIDENT AT BLACKWALL.-The diving apparatus was again brought into use yesterday for the purpose of further examining the mooring chains across the river; but although the diver Jones descended several times and remained under water for a considerable period, no trace of the body was discovered. The day was tolerably calm, and Jones, who was on this occasion assisted by Mr. Sadler, of Tooley-street, the manufacturer of the apparatus, walked from the centre of the river to the Middlesex shore along the line of chain.'[2]

1855 Patent No. 2069. To William Flowerdew Sadler, of 96, Tooley-street, Southwark, in the county of Surrey, Millwright, Engineer, and Manufacturer to the Government, of Submarine Apparatus for the recovery of sunken property, for the invention of a machine or apparatus for using up all the smoke of furnaces and other fire-places

1857 'TO OWNERS AND CAPTAINS OF VESSELS, DOCK-MASTERS, AND MERCHANTS.—Messrs. Sadler and Co., Tooley-street, London, Manufacturers the Improved diving-dresses and helmets, and the submarine apparatus for the recovery of sunken property, &c. S. and Co., having had many years' experience in the manufacture of the above articles, beg to call the attention of all parties connected with shipping to the same.—Diving in Docks, Wells, &c, &c. Divers sent to any part England. S. and Co., lately recovered from the "Ravensbourne" steamer, wrecked off the coast of Holland, 11 boxes of bullion, value £50,000.'[3]

1858 'THE EXMOOR FOREST MURDER. COMMITTAL OF BURGESS FOR THE MURDER OF HIS DAUGHTER. ..... Repeated attempts have been made to recover the body of the missing child ...... The place where it is believed to be concealed is as have before stated, the shaft of old disused copper mine belonging to Captain Dunstan, called the "Wheal Eliza." On Saturday last, Mr. Morris Holward, a professional diver, from the firm of Sadler and Company, Tooley-street, London, manufacturers the patent diving and submarine apparatus whose services have been secured ....'[4]

1891 Sadler & Co., Three Oak Lane, Horsleydown, S.E. exhibited at the 1891 Chelsea Royal Naval Exhibition: 'A Diver fully equipped. A Set of 3-throw Air Pumps (for deep water). A Set of Single-throw Double-action Air Pumps (for shallow water). A Diver's Helmet, shewing the Exhibitors' method of attaching Dress to Helmet ; and other Diving Appurtenances.'

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Sources of Information

  1. Hull Packet - Friday 31 December 1841
  2. Morning Chronicle, 11th April 1843
  3. Norfolk News, 29th August 1857
  4. Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser, 15th September 1858