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Societe des Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee

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1891. The New York Liner SS Bourgogne.
1891. The Spanish Cruiser "Pelayo".
1891. Torpedo-Firing Apparatus Canet System.
1891. Torpedo-Firing Apparatus Canet System.
Lathe, almost certainly made by Thomas Shanks and Co. Photograph, in the public domain, from the Freshwater and Marine Image Bank at the University of Washington

The Société des Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée was founded in 1853 by Philip Taylor, and subsequently incorporated in 1856 in the newly established joint stock company Société Nouvelle des Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée founded by Armand Béhic. It eventually had shipyards in La Seyne-sur-Mer, near Toulon, and in Graville, now part of Le Havre. After going into insolvency in 1966, the company was absorbed into the Constructions industrielles de la Méditerranée.

The company also produced tanks before World War II, most notably FCM 2C and FCM 36.

The above information is condensed from the Wikipedia entry.

1870 Supplied the materials for the construction of an iron bridge at Karakelli, Turkey.[1]

The firm was an early user of portable electric drilling machines patented by Frederick J. Rowan, applying them initially on the construction of the Matsushima and Ituskushima for the Japanese Navy.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Engineering 29 July 1870, brief mention, p.87
  2. Lloyd's List - Thursday 25 February 1897