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Kelvin and Hughes

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Photographed in Punta Arenas, Chile.

of 2 Caxton St, London.


Kelvin, Bottomley and Baird and Henry Hughes and Son had existed side by side for many years and has collaborated on a number of ventures.

1947 As a result of the success of the Marine Instruments collaboration, the two companies amalgamated as Kelvin and Hughes; existing shareholders were invited to contribute to new shares; the semi-private nature of the business was not changed and no shares were offered to the general public[1]. S. Smith and Sons (England) would have been a major shareholder.

1949 Marine Instruments Ltd was renamed Kelvin and Hughes (Marine) Ltd

1950 Formation of Kelvin and Hughes (Aviation) Ltd[2]

1951 Kelvin and Hughes included:

1953 The minority interests in Kelvin and Hughes were acquired by S. Smith and Sons (England)[3]




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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 01, 1947
  2. The Times, Sep 26, 1950
  3. The Times, Dec 16, 1953