Company timeline: 1870s

Hydraulics, railway carriages, and steamboats

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Date
Event
Significance
Source
1871Ralph Hart Tweddell invents the portable hydraulic riveter and approaches Fielding and Platt to manufacture it. The introduction of hydraulics to the companyProduct newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
18/03/1871An iron screw steamer built by F & P was removed on wheels to the docks and lifted into the water by a large crane (for use of officials of the Glos & Berkeley canal).Product newsGlos. Journal. Done’s Index E1100
13/05/1871Launch of an iron steam dredger (to be used in improvement and extension of docks at Lydney.Product newsGlos. Journal. Done’s Index¬†E1102
1873-1875Conversion of 4 Great Western Railway broad gauge engines for stationary colliery duties. The engines were called Castor, Erebus, Prosperpine, and Tiger.Product newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
1873-189223 inventions patentedProduct newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
1874Fielding and Platt build a small steam boat called the S. S. SabrinaProduct newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
1874Death of Samuel FieldingPeople newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
1874Manufacture of 900 ton flanging pressProduct newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
1876Award received from international exhibition in PhiladelphiaCompany newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
12/02/1876Article on Fielding & Platt’s new venture into the field of boiler-making.Product newsGlos. Journal. Done’s Index D890
18/03/1876F & P wins Gold & Silver medals at Manchester for patent hydraulic rivetting machine.Product newsGlos. Journal. Done’s Index D891
1878Award received from international exhibition in Paris.Company newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
1878Award received from international exhibition in London.Company newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
1878Hydraulic lifts supplied by Fielding & Platt installed in Blackpool Tower.Company newsD5926/1/1 (Centenary Book)
28/09/1878Grand Prix (highest honour) for F& P’s patent hydraulic rivetting machine, at Paris exhibition.Company newsGlos. Journal. Done’s Index D914
23/11/1878Some interest in Fielding & Platt building an iron chimney ‘from the top’, in Kent.Product newsGlos. Journal. Done’s Index D916

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