Chadburn Pioneers of the Modern Telegraph
The majestic transatlantic liners of the past were built pride and perfection. One such company which contributed towards these great liners was Chadburn and Son’s who in 1870 applied for, in the names of Chadburn,C.H. and Chadburn,W, under patent number 2384. From there the business grew from telegraphs and mechanical for the use in steam ships, railways, elevators and so on.
The Chadburns came from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Originally the father and his son had come from the optician’s field and between them they had 50 years of experience. The Golden Age of Steam Engines was increasing rapidly and eventually would take over the great sailing ship of the day. By 1875 Chadburn and Son’s instrument factory was established in Liverpool. The first vessel to be fitted with their Telegraph system was P/S IONA III, built in Glasgow 1864 by J & G Thomson Govan, Scotland.
Chadburn and Son’s had expanded rapidly, over 6000 installations of their telegraphs had been installed in various steam ships, 500 in vessels from the Royal Navy such as H.M.’s Battleships Royal Sovereign, Resolution, Revenge, Hood, Torpedo Boats and Destroyers. 500 vessels from the French, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish Navies. The Mercantile Marine Steamers. Including 5,000 Vessels of Royal Mail and other steamship companies including the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. owners of the Empress of Ireland, Empress of Britain, and Cunard owners of the Campania, Lucania, and many, many more.
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