Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 149,270 pages of information and 234,239 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

SS Anthracite

From Graces Guide

Jump to: navigation, search

1880 Loftus Perkins (1834–1891), having experimented with the application to steam engines of the use of steam at very high pressures, constructed a 7-ton yacht, the SS Anthracite. The Anthracite was fitted with a Perkins boiler.

1880 W. W. Harris, Acting Secretary of The Perkins' Engine Company, Limited, of 19 and 21, Queen Victoria-street, wrote to The Engineer, announcing the arrival of the ship in St Johns, New Brunswick after an 18 day voyage.[1] She was the smallest steam-powered vessel to have crossed the Atlantic.

1881 Description and drawings of compound engines on the Perkins Engine Co (of London) system, made by Hawks, Crawshay and Sons. [2]

1881 The vessel was owned by Frederick Power of Franks Hall, Farmingham, Kent. [3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1880/06/25
  2. [1] Engineering, 7 Oct 1881: Description and drawings
  3. [2] Engineering, 21 Jan 1881, p.62: Letter from Power, with a challenge