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Samuda Brothers

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1868. Saloon of the Sultan of Turkey's Yacht Mahroussee.

Samuda Brothers was an engineering and ship building firm on the Isle of Dogs in London, founded by Jacob Samuda and Joseph d'Aguilar Samuda.

1839 Undertook two experiments based on Clegg's atmospheric railway. The brothers patented the Atmospheric Railway in 1839

Report of the tests on the Clegg and Samuda atmospheric railway for the Dalkey line in Ireland

c.1844 Opened a shipyard at Orchard-place, Blackwall. Jacob Samuda died on a trial voyage of the Gipsy Queen [1]

1844 Description of a compact bellcrank engine, which allowed the use of a single crank with two cylinders [2]

For a time, Samuda Brothers were the most prolific shipbuilders on the Thames.

The type of vessels ranged from tugs and steam yachts to large warships. An online listing of ships built between 1844 and 1893 is available online[3]

1856 Subscribed £20 to the Smith Testimonial Fund, commemorating the work of F. P. Smith in promoting the screw propeller.

1856 Built HMS Thunderbolt at Blackwall, the first iron-hulled armour-clad vessel built in Britain; engines from Miller, Ravenhill and Co; she was completed and launched within four months from ordering[4].

c.1876 Installed a large band-saw for wood, made by J. Hamilton[5]

The site of the Millwall yard was later used by the Haskin Wood Vulcanizing Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1898/04/15
  2. [1] The Artizan, April 1844, p.93
  3. [2]List of ships built by Samuda Brothers
  4. The Engineer 1898/04/15
  5. The Engineer 1896/01/03 Letter to The Engineer from J. Hamilton, London, p.11
  • [3] Wikipedia
  • The Engineer of 23rd February 1900. p208
  • Mechanics Magazine Volume XXXIX (39) 1843 Pt2 p149