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Oakbank Foundry

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The Oakbank Works were operated for many years by John Neilson, brother of James Beaumont Neilson and father of Walter Neilson.

Having built some iron steamboats for canal navigation, Neilson proposed to build a sea-going boat but could not win support for the project.

1831 Neilson built and engined the Fairy Queen on his own account, said to be the first iron steamer that sailed from the Clyde. She became a passenger steamer on the Largs route.

1856 Description and illustration of Duff's high pressure compound vertical engine at Oakbank Engine Works (same place?). [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Practical Mechanic's Journal, 1856, pp.287-8
  • Glasgow Men [1]