Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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McNicoll and Vernon

From Graces Guide
1858.
1859.

of Brunswick Dock, Liverpool, Engineer and Iron Shipbuilder.

Patent steam cranes.

John McNicoll and John Vernon.

1850 'Economy of Steam Power.— In Mr. M'Nicoll's timber-yard and saw-mill at Liverpool, steam-power has been applied to work the travelling-cranes used to convey the timber about the yard. Each crane, when worked by hand required four men, whereas the steam-crane is worked by a man and boy only, and does double the work, the wages being about £330 per annum in one case, and £67 in the other. The steam-machine will carry 13 logs of timber, weighing together 19½ tons, one at time, from one end of the yard to the other, a distance of 100 feet, in twenty-six minutes, at a cost of less than sixpence -The Artisan.'[1]

1851 Employing 150 men.[2]

1851 Award at the Great Exhibition. See details at 1851 Great Exhibition: Reports of the Juries: Class V.

1852 Steam travelling crane.

1859 Advertisement (see illustration) includes the names of some firms using the steam cranes: Exors of Samuel Ellis, Manchester, Hull Dock Co., Joseph Whitworth & Co., Joseph Dowson and Co., Saw Mill proprietors, Lambeth, John Jay, Contractors, London, Peto, Brassey and Betts, John McNicoll & Co., saw mill proprietors, Liverpool. Applications for licences and estimates to John Vernon, Engineer & Iron Ship Builder, Brunswick Dock, Liverpool.

1871 Employing 70 men and 20 boys.[3]


  • One of the company's overhead travelling cranes working in a timber yard was driven by a shaft 246 ft long.[4]


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Leicestershire Mercury, 2 November 1850
  2. 1851 Census
  3. 1871 Census
  4. [1] The Artizan, Dec 1854 p.270