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This page refers to the USA company. See Babcock and Wilcox for UK operations
1856, 26-year old Stephen Wilcox of Rhode Island, USA, patented a water tube boiler that increased heating surfaces, allowed better water circulation and that was inherently safe.
1880 Stephen Wilcox and his partner George Herman Babcock patented the 'Babcock and Wilcox Non-Explosive Boiler', which used tubing to generate higher pressures and was more efficient than the (then) existing designs. They established a partnership, Babcock, Wilcox and Co, to manufacture and market Wilcox’s boiler
1881 The company was incorporated in America as The Babcock and Wilcox Company