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Richardsons, Westgarth and Co

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500. B.H.P Tandem Double-Acting Gas Engine. 1905.
1907. 3,000 hp engine and air and circulating pumps.
1907. 3,000 hp triple expansion marine engine.
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190.3 Blowing engine for Clarence Works, Middlesbrough.
25,000 HP rolling mill engine for Cargo Fleet.
1961.

Richardsons, Westgarth Co, marine, electrical engineers and boiler makers, of Hartlepool

also of Hartlepool Engine Works, Hartlepool; Commercial Street, Middlesborough; Scotia Engine Works, Sunderland

also of Wallsend, Northumberland

1900 October 29th. Richardsons, Westgarth and Co was registered to acquire the businesses of marine engine and boiler manufacturers of T. Richardson and Sons of Hartlepool, Sir Christopher Furness, Westgarth and Co of Middlesbrough and William Allan and Co of Sunderland [1]. Incorporated as a limited company on the amalgamation of these three companies.

Large gas engines made under licence from John Cockerill (Belgium), including blast furnace blowing engines for Cargo Fleet Iron Co [2]

1903 Blowing engine for Clarence Works, Middlesbrough.[3]

1904 Built a blowing engine for Appleby Frodingham Ironworks

1906 Built a blowing engine for Briton Ferry Ironworks

1911 800 hp Carel-Westgarth diesel marine engine for a cargo boat being built for Sir Raylton Dixon and Co [4]

1914 Directory: Listed as Boiler Makers [5]

1914 Marine, electrical and general engineers and boilermakers. Specialities: marine engines and boilers, turbines and turbo generator sets, gas engines, evaporators, condensing plants. Employees 3,500. [6]

1921 Vertical three-cylinder 25,000 HP rolling mill engine for Cargo Fleet Iron Co. [7]

1924 Advert says they are marine engine builders including steam reciprocating, steam turbine and diesel engines. Head office is Hartlepool with works also at Middlesbrough and Sunderland [8]

1938 the firm of George Clark at Sunderland also joined the group.

1942 Built a blowing engine for Brymbo Steelworks

1952 Private company.

1956 Acquired Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co and Humber Graving Dock [9].

1956 Atomic Power Constructions was established to tender for nuclear power plant contracts; jointly owned by Richardsons, Westgarth and Co, International Combustion (Holdings) and Crompton Parkinson [10].

The company did well until the 1960s. By this time the shipbuilding industry in Britain was in decline.

1961 Electrical, mechanical and general engineers; turbo alternators, condensing and feed heating plant and boilermakers. 2,500 employees.

1961 Manufacturers and sale of land and marine steam and gas turbines and gearing; power installations; turbo blowers and compressors; "N.E.M.-Doxford" oil engines; N.E.M. Gotaverken diesel engines; Clark-Sulzer diesel engines; economic boilers an super heaters; sea water and industrial evaporators; ship repairers and dry dock owners. 7,250 employees. [11]

1982 Richardsons, Westgarth gradually closed its works, and finally went out of business in Hartlepool in 1982.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 'Gas Engines at the Cargo Fleet Iron Works' by Peter Short ('Stationary Engine' magazine, October 2010)
  3. Engineering, 26th June 1903
  4. The Engineer of 15th September 1911 p282
  5. 1914 Kelly's Directory of Durham p605
  6. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  7. The Engineer 1921/04/01
  8. 1924 Naval Annual Advert page xx
  9. The Times, 9 January 1958
  10. The Times, 14 December 1956
  11. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • [1] Hartlepool Council Web Site
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • The Engineer of 30th November 1900 p555
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978/9. ISBN 0-903485-65-6