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Jessop and Appleby Brothers

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1897. 9 hp engine. Exhibit at Forncett Industrial Steam Museum.
1903. 3 ton jib crane on London Bridge.
Electric Goliath Cranes. 1906.
Hand-operated crane at Marlborough Vintage Farm Machinery, Blenheim, NZ
Exhibit at dockside, Hobart, Tasmania.
Exhibit at dockside, Hobart, Tasmania.
Ship's Wheel.

Jessop and Appleby Brothers of Leicester.

c.1898 Appleby Brothers was amalgamated with Joseph Jessop and Sons, trading as Jessop and Appleby Brothers.

1900 Electrically worked jib crane for dockside unloading.

1906 Maker of Goliath electric cranes

c.1908 Amalgamated with the Glasgow Electric Crane and Hoist Co and the Temperley Transporter Co, trading as Applebys. [1]

1908 Appleby's Ltd of Glasgow, Leicester and London, were commissioned to provide the crane for a floating crane being constructed by Vickers, Sons and Maxim for harbour of Montreal. Also supplying a crane for the fitting out basin of Yarrow and Co at Scotstoun[2].

1910 Appleby's Ltd went into voluntary liquidation, to be refinanced under the name The Appleby Crane and Transporter Co Ltd. Later that year the company was taken over by Messrs Arrol[3]. The Leicester works was sold by Arrol in 1912 [4]

  • Goliath cranes, sometimes called portal cranes, are similar to overhead travelling cranes, but instead of running on rails at high level, or on a free standing gantry structure, they run on rails on the floor. One of the advantages of a goliath crane is that the absence of support gantry rails can save money.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1900/03/23 p348
  2. The Times, 12 February 1908
  3. The Times, Aug 02, 1911
  4. 'Railway Breakdown Cranes - The Story of Steam Breakdown Cranes on the Railways of Britain - Volume 1' by Peter Tatlow, Noodle Books, ISBN 978-1-906419-69-1