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Ailsa Craig Motor Co

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July 1900.
July 1900.
1902. D1 engine. Exhibit at Internal Fire Museum of Power.
1914. 35 HP four cylinder paraffin motor.
1929.4 to 6 H.P. Marine Engine.
1929. 4-6 H.P. Marine Engine.
1930. Acro heavy oil engine.
1933. 4-6 B.H.P Marine Petrol Engine.
1933. 10 kw Oil Engine - Driven Generator Set.
1939. Twelve cylinder marine oil engine.
Railway engine derelict close to the beach of Barril, Santa Luzia Tavira Portugal. Photographed 2018.
Railway engine derelict close to the beach of Barril, Santa Luzia Tavira Portugal. Photographed 2018.
Railway engine derelict close to the beach of Barril, Santa Luzia Tavira Portugal. Photographed 2018.

of Chiswick, London, W4, Marine and General Engineers and Motor Engine Manufacturers and Boat Builders

Note: Includes Ailsa Craig Machine Co

The Ailsa Craig Motor Co Ltd was named after a landmark offshore rock on the western Scottish coastline near to Ayr, although they were based in England. They held the Royal Warrant as suppliers of Marine Motors to King George V.

The company was among the first in the UK to build hot-bulb diesel engines, although they dropped them fairly quickly with the advent of direct injection and the start of WW1, when they were required to produce goods for the war effort.

1891 Alistair Craig formed the Ailsa Craig Cycle Co

c.1900 Became the Putney Motor Co

1906 Produced 6 h.p. two-cylinder, 10 h.p., 20 h.p. and 30 h.p. models British and Belgian made. [1]

1910 Incorporated as a limited company, presumably Ailsa Craig Motor Co. Ltd

1913 Demand for marine motors and motorboats had doubled since the previous year; there was little demand for petrol engines as users had switched to paraffin[2]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Marine Motors see the 1917 Red Book

1916 The Ailsa Craig Motor Company was taken over by the Government; most of the machinery was taken away to equip the national shell factory for making high explosive shells. By 1919 the machinery had not been replaced and questions were asked in Parliament about when the company would be compensated[3]

1918 National Projectile Factory, Stand-on-Green, Ailsa Craig, Chiswick, London started in July for the production of 4.5 in. shells. It was under the direct control of the Metropolitan Munitions Committee. There was also a National Shell Factory on the site[4]

1922 Directors: Herbert Sutton, J.P. (Chairman); Ellis A. D. Kisch, A.M.I.Mech.E. (Managing); Stanley A. Kisch, F.R.G.S.

1929 Listed Exhibitor - additional late entry. Manufacturers of marine Motors. (Stand No. A.21) [5]

1933 of Strand on the Green, London W.4.

1944 Building high-speed diesels for marine use

They continued with smaller engines up to the 1960's, but eventually closed.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.
  2. The Times, Jan 28, 1914
  3. [1]
  4. [2]
  5. 1929 British Industries Fair Pink Insert Page 3
  • The Modern Diesel edited by Geoffrey Smith. Published by Iliffe & Sons 1944
  • [3] Peter and Rita Forbes' Engine Webpages