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J. Chambers

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Steering engine on the Icebreaker 'Sankt Erik'

John Chambers Ltd of Lowestoft

1878 Business established

1913 Incorporated as a Limited Co.

WWI Along with other Lowestoft boat building firms, Chambers did contract work for the East Anglian Munitions committee.

1918 Built wood steam drifter Astral at Lowestoft, 100 tons. (In 1921 the Navy sold “Astral” to The Kingston Trawling Co Ltd but unfortunately it sank later that year.)[1]

1920 Built steel steamer Emilia / Emlynton at Oulton Broad, 700 tons. (She sank off Portugal in 1922).[2]

1921 Built steam coaster Portlaurie, 700 tons. (In 1931 she was bought by the Bristol Sand & Gravel as the Polmanter and used as a stone and cement carrier until 1933 when she was sold.)[3]

1922 Shipbuilders & Engineers, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

A set of John Chambers Ltd steam steering gear can be seen in the Swedish Icebreaker 'Sankt Erik' based in Stockholm.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Lloyd's Register Archive Collections LRF/PUN/WR AS-AY 1919-1940
  2. Lloyd's Register Archive Collections LRF/PUN/WR EL-ES 1920-1936.
  3. A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel Volume One: The English Coast, By Peter Gosso.