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Wimshurst, Hollick and Co

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1872.
February 1872.
21st June 1872.
January 1880.
1902.

Works: Regent's Canal Dock, 602 Commercial Road East, London.

of South Fambridge, Rochford, Essex (1905)

Agents for Alexander Chaplin and Co cranes

Previously Wimshurst and Co

1872 Patent to Thomas Pratt Hollick, of the firm of Wimshurst, Hollick, and Coy., of Limehouse, Engineers, for the invention of "improvements in the arrangement and construction of marine engines and boilers for driving twin screws of boats, yachts, and other vessels[1]

1880: Advert for steam cranes, steam engines, contractors' locomotives. However these may have been made by Chaplin (see advert) [2]

1882 Agricultural and General Engineering Co carried on a business as machinists and millwrights at the Commercial Road premises, as successors to Wimshurst, Hollick and Co

1883 Dissolution of the partnership between Thomas Pratt Hollick and Stanley George Buchanan Wollaston, under the style or firm of Wimshurst, Hollick, and Company, at Nos. 602 and 604, Commercial-road East, as Engineers, Millwrights, and Steam Launch Builders[3]

1883 The lease and the goodwill of Agricultural and General Engineering Co was to be sold.[4]

1894 Wimshurst, Hollick, and Company manufactured electric overhead and jib cranes; of Commercial Road [5]

1900 Manufactured electrically-driven feed pump for the Port Dundas electricity works in Glasgow

1902 Installed a 20-ton electric Goliath crane

1905 Company voluntarily wound up[6]


  • Goliath cranes, sometimes called portal cranes, are similar to overhead travelling cranes, but instead of running on rails at high level, or on a free standing gantry structure, they run on rails on the floor. One of the advantages of a goliath crane is that the absence of support gantry rails can save money.

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 14 June 1872
  2. The Engineer of 14th September 1900 p260
  3. London Gazette 16 March 1883
  4. London Gazette 3 August 1883
  5. The Engineer 1894/05/04
  6. The London Gazette 12 December 1905