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1889. Triple expansion engines with Corliss gear.
February 1901. Compound Engine.
October 1912.

Victor Coates and Co of Lagan Foundry and Prince's Dock Works, Belfast was a maker of stationary steam engines [1]

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We were aware that some time ago, a water wheel of unusual size and strength was in course of construction by Mr Victor Coates, at the Lagan Foundry, Belfast, for Messrs William Millar Kirk & Co, Factory, near Keady. It has since been erected, and was started on Wednesday last, in the presence of a large party, who had been invited for the occasion. There were present, representing the Board of Trinity College. Dublin.—the superior landlords — Drs Moore and Harts..... The water wheel a splendid piece of mechanism rather more than seventy feet in diameter, was set in motion at twenty minutes past two o'clock, and was pronounced by those present to be the finest they had ever seen - combining great strength and symmetry of proportion with elegance of design, it being evident to all that, as this wheel is the largest —or one of the largest — Mr Coates had spared no expense to make it the most perfect in the empire. Mercury.'[2]

1889 Supplied triple expansion engines to William Barbour and Sons.[3]

1894 Horizontal Compound Mill Engine. 100 ihp. Illustration and article in The Engineer.[4]

1901 Engine for The Knarr Mill Co, Saddleworth

1903 3000 HP triple expansion vertical steam engine for Newcastle Corporation Tramways[5]

1905 Sale of the foundry. Company in liquidation.[6][7]

1937 'Victor Coats. Ltd., concern long since defunct but which 30 years ago held a high place in the engineering world.'[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. Newry Examiner and Louth Advertiser, 18 July 1860
  3. The Engineer 1889/03/01 of 1st Mar 1889 p183
  4. The Engineer 1894/11/09 p422 & p426
  5. * 'Stationary Steam Engine Makers Volume 1' Compiled by George Watkins, Catalogued by A P Woolrich, Landmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84306-200-3. This shows a drawing of the 3000 HP engine, reproduced from 'Engineering' magazine 27th November 1903
  6. Belfast News-Letter - Thursday 15 June 1905
  7. Belfast News-Letter - Friday 29 September 1905
  8. Belfast News-Letter - Tuesday 02 February 1937
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10