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Parsons Engineering Co

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1929. 10/20 B.H.P. Marine Engine and Reversing Gear.
October 1951.
October 1952. Marine Engines - Prawn, Pike Diesel and Porpoise.
October 1953.
October 1956.

Marine engine maker, of Town Quay Works, Southampton.

1904 Public company incorporated as Parsons Motor Co

1908 Company made private. Name was "successively changed" to present one.

1929 - Image - The Parsons Oil Engine Company Ltd of Southampton.[1]

1946 Reconverted to public company. Chairman and Managing Director was Harry Parsons; another director was Charles Pamphilon Parsons, a director of Parsons and Swayne[2]. The company's engines were used in the lifeboats or emergency lighting plants of 20 of the world's shipping lines. Had recently converted Ford engines for marine use in fast vessels. Also made moderate speed heavy duty engines for general purposes. Finance required for rebuilding and expansion of the works.

1955 Associated British Engineering owned 40 percent of the shares and made an offer for the remainder[3]

1961 Manufacturers of propulsion sets, reverse gears, reducing gears, stern gears and silencers for marine department. Direct coupled plants for lighting and power pumping, welding, air compressing. 200 employees. [4]

1964 Described as specialising in the design and production of high-quality marine steering gear, marine reverse/reduction gears for power transmission in the higher ranges, and other miscellaneous marine equipment. Acquired Mathway Marine Ltd of Hamble. Mathway Marine will in future operate from Parsons' existing premises in Southampton.[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1929/09/27
  2. The Times, Aug 19, 1946
  3. The Times, Jan 27, 1955
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Engineer 1964/10/02