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Alley and MacLellan

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Page from undated catalogue, one of seven pages listing users of their Sentinel air compressors (‘Catalogue No. 12 Air’)
Page from undated catalogue showing shallow draft steamers made by Alley and MacLellan (‘Catalogue No. 12 Air’)
Page from undated catalogue showing large Sentinel steam-driven air compressors (‘Catalogue No. 12 Air’)
High speed twin tandem compound steam engine at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry
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Alley and MacLellan ash hoist engine ex-Fremantle Harbour tug ‘Wyola’, in the 'Robert Steele Marine Engineering Exhibition, Western Australian Maritime Museum
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of Sentinel Works, Polmadie, Glasgow and at Worcester

Alley and MacLellan was an engineering company in Glasgow, which used the Sentinel brand name, and was the developer of the Sentinel steam vehicle[1]

Contents

General

1875 Stephen Alley and John MacLellan founded Alley and MacLellan in London Road, Glasgow.

1880 The company moved to the Sentinel Works at Polmadie, Glasgow.

1885 Started production of the Sentinel High Speed Steam Engine used for electricity generation, marine engines and for factory work. They also built boats at their own shipyard.

1889 See 1889 Shipbuilding Statistics for detail of the tonnage produced.

1894 Catalogue of fittings. [2]

1903 Became public company. The company was registered on 3 June, to acquire the business of a firm of the same name, manufacturers of valves, air compressors, high speed engines, engine fittings, marine auxillary machinery etc. [3]

1906 Took the rights to the development work on steam wagons carried out by Simpson and Bibby and Daniel Simpson retained by the company as a consultant for ten years.

1911 Manufacturer of Axle Boxes for the Railways. [4]

1914 Engineers and shipbuilders (light-draught craft). Specialities: air compressors, steam motor wagons, steering gears and ships' auxiliary machinery, light draught steamers and barges, valves for steam and water and waterworks fittings, high-speed steam engines, ash hoisting engines, capstans, feed water filters and heaters. Employees 900. [5]

1917 Advert for 'Sentinel' Valves. [6]

1918 Stephen Alley sold his shares in Alley and MacLellan to William Beardmore and Co; the Glasgow works were separated from the Sentinel Waggon Works which were concentrated at Shrewsbury.

1919 Advert for 'Sentinel' Valves.[7]

1927 Advert for 'Sentinel' Valves (of Sentinel Valve Works, Worcester). [8]

1937 Engineers and ironfounders. [9]

1940 Advert for air Compressors (of Sentinel Works, Glasgow S2) and Valves (of Sentinel Valve Works, Worcester). [10]

1945 Advert for 'Sentinel' air compressors. (of Sentinel Works, Glasgow, S2). [11]

1945 Advert for 'Sentinel' steam traps and valves. (of Sentinel Valve Works, Worcester). [12]

1951 Advert for Compressors and vacuum pumps. (of Polmadie, Glasgow). [13]

1952 Was a fully owned subsidiary of Glenfield and Kennedy. Acquired Browett Lindley Ltd from George Cohen, Sons and Co[14]

1960 Advert for balanced opposed compressors. (of Polmadie). [15]

1960 Advert for Valves. (of Worcester). [16]

1960 The compressors business at Polmadie was transferred to G. and J. Weir. Fixed assets at Polmadie were sold to Davy and United Engineering Co who would use this facility to expand their works in the Glasgow area[17]

1961 Engineers, manufacturing air and gas compressors, marine auxiliary, vacuum pumps and steam engines. 400 employees. [18]

From William S. Murphy

Papers of William Mayberry


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Sources of Information

  1. Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri. Pub 2005
  2. The Engineer of 27th April 1894 p360
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. Bradshaw’s Railway Manual
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p104-5
  7. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p144-5
  8. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p88-9
  9. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  10. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p103-5
  11. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p123-5
  12. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p123-5
  13. Mechanical World Year Book 1951. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p123-5
  14. The Times, Sep 26, 1952
  15. Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p59 & 124-5
  16. Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p59 & 124-5
  17. The Times, Aug 05, 1960
  18. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE