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Old 4th June 2020, 15:14
Goggles Goggles is offline
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J. Rowan & Sons

Hi all,
By chance does anyone have any information on the engine builder J. Rowan & Sons?

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Old 4th June 2020, 17:14
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Some history here: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/John_Rowan_and_Sons
Also built marine steam engines and industrial equipment. Active from 1840s to 1880s.
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Old 4th June 2020, 19:43
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Hi eddyw

Tbh thats pretty much all that I could find. There does not seem to be a great deal of other info to be found online.

Many thanks

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Old 5th June 2020, 12:38
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Old 5th June 2020, 12:45
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My first job when I came ashore, in the mid-1970s, was as the maintenance manager for Scottish Machine Tools Ltd, who were based in Rowan's old engine shop in Elliot Street Glasgow, I always had visions of the engines being built there.
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Old 5th June 2020, 15:05
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I was on the Jamaica Producer, built in 1962 at Lithgows, it had a Sulzer 6RD engine built by David Rowan & Co. Glasgow. Same company???
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Old 5th June 2020, 15:38
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The Regent Eagle, built 1959, had a David Rowan Doxford 6LB.
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Old 6th June 2020, 03:34
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As a past employee of David Rowan & Co. I have researched some history most of which came from the book "The Shipbuilding Industry" a guide to historical records published by Manchester University Press, Ritchie edition.
Briefly David Rowans was established in 1866 at which time began the manufacture of marine engines and boilers, was taken over by the Lithgow Group and merged with Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering in 1963 which became Fairfield Rowan& Co. Ltd. and ceased operations in 1966 after 100 years of manufacturing marine engines & boilers.
My father served his apprenticeship as a patternmaker in the late 20's at Rowans along with two of his brothers, one a boilermaker and the other a coppersmith.
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