British Ship Lamp Manufacturers
You will find detailed information about several British ship lights manufacturers on this page.
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Bocock and Wilkinson George Bocock & Co Ltd
Bocock and Wilkinson were founded in 1890 in Birmingham at '123 GT. Hampton Street' and they started manufacturing ship lights in 1900.
In 1909 they moved to Mott street, and later the company's name changed to Bocock & son, probably due to Wilkinson leaving the company.
Around the 1930s, the name changed again to George Bocock And Co Ltd. They are especially known thanks to their trademark, Seahorse.
W. T. George & Co. Ltd
George William started in 1880 as a small tinplate worker on 49 ½ Bishop street in Birmingham; this was later renumbered to 123 Bishop street. His son William Thomas George probably joined the business later as the name was changed to W.T. George & Co Ltd.
In 1941 they received a patent for the lamp, and this patent number was added to the Meteorite logo plate. The business was active until 1973; William Harvie & Co probably took over the company. They also are recognized due to their used trademark, Meteorite.
William Harvie & Co LTD, Harvie
William Harvie & Co LTD were Scottish and English manufacturers of ship lamps from Glasgow and (later) Birmingham. The company started around 1868 in Glasgow, 222 Broomielaw street, Scotland. The first known information from William Harvie is from 1868, thanks to the invention of several improvements with the construction of lamps, lanterns, and lenses.
In 1873 the company moved to 128 Garthland Drive in Glasgow. They simultaneously partnered with Malcolm Graham & Co, a grease manufacturer. At the beginning of the 20th century, it moved to Birmingham. They possibly merged with George W. T. & Co. Ltd, but it's for sure that they at least worked together.
William Harvie Birmingham was active from 1902 to somwewhere between 1983-1988. It is however unknown whether the Scottish company closed after moving to Birmingham or if it had two locations.
Together with George W. T. & Co. Ltd., they also used the trademark Meteorite. Likely after 1973, but maybe earlier. In 1983 George Bocock & Co Ltd, George W. T. & Co. Ltd, and William Harvie & Co LTD, Harvie, were in voluntary liquidation. Probably they lasted a little longer. However, the liquidation of George Bocock and Harvie was sadly permanent in 1992.
In my opinion, William Harvie & Co also produced ship lights for decorative use in the 70s or 80s. The plates are the same as the old ship lights, but a year is added instead of a number. Although this year did not reflect the year of its production, it was perhaps a way to make them more desirable.
One of the lights commonly see in conditions that they couldn't be used
onboard ships is a large anchor light, recognizable by the triangular decorated edge above the brackets.
Richard Irvin & Sons LTD
Richard Irvin was born in 1853 and secured his first job in the fishery industry at the tender age of 11. By 1870, he formed a company that operated a significant fishing fleet. Which had bases in South Shields and Aberdeen and shipyards in Peterhead.
They also owned a dry dock business, ice-making plants, and ship repair businesses in Scotland and England. Irvin also had an extensive manufacturing supply of maritime equipment. Lastly, they operated a fishing enterprise in South Africa.
Alfred F. Genton Ltd.
Alfred Frederick Samuel Genton founded this manufacturer; he started producing ship lamps in 1905. He made ship- and train lighting with Kessler under the brand 'Genton and Kessler'.
Alfred F. Genton also had a factory in Birmingham. The company was active until 1960. Much more information is available about this manufacturer by following the link below. Maurice has researched the history of this company.
Eli Griffiths and Sons
Eli Griffiths and Sons was a manufacturer of ship lamps and train lamps, founded in Birmingham in 1870 and discontinued in 1963. They were primarily known for the Bullpit lights, which were very popular in the early 20th century. These lights were initially made by Bulpitt & sons Ltd. Many replicas have been made of the Bulpitts ever since.
Hugh Douglas Walmsley's
Hugh Douglas Walmsley's was a manufacturer from Liverpool. This manufacturer had several expertises: shipsmit, boilermaker, tinsmith, and sheet iron worker.
Unfortunately, limited information is found about this manufacturer. The picture on the ship's lamp is stunning.
Pascall Atkey & Son Cowes
Joseph Atkey and his wife Christian Pascall established Pascall Atkey, ship's chandler at West Cowes in 1799. Known for ironmongery, brass forging, and compass making, Pascall Atkey is considered the oldest ship and yacht supplier in the UK.
Besides ship lights, they also produced ocean cooking apparatus, coal-burning heaters, and compasses. The company was in the Atkey family until 1960, it has been sold, but it's still active and open. It is currently established at 30 High street in Cowes.
R.C. Murray & Co Limited
Minimal information is found about this manufacturer. Based on the plate, it's known that it was located at Pollockshaws Road in Glasgow.
Many ship lights from R.C. Murray are marked with the text: Lampads.
I suppose this refers to the Greece mythology, the nymphs of the underworld.
The Lampads were companions of Hecate, the Greek goddess of witchcraft and crossroads. They were a gift from Zeus for Hecate's loyalty in the Titanomachy. They bear torches and accompany Hecate on her night-time travels and hauntings. Some accounts tell how the light of the Lampads' torches had the power to drive one to madness. They also serve as handmaidens to other Underworld goddesses, such as Persephone/Proserpina. They had parties called Mysteries, and they loved to play tricks on people. Some even say that they lead travelers to their death, while others state that they helped people. The Lampads were probably the daughters of various Underworld gods, Daimones, river gods, or Nyx.
I tried looking for info from Southampton about this manufacturer. Probably their lamps are only meant for decorative use, possibly from China. Their decorative ship lights are regularly offered online.
Probably the same story as Leeds Burton. Although it must be noted that these ship lamps' quality is generally high. They only produce decorative ship lamps.
Davey & Co London
This company was founded in 1885 by Arthur Cristopher Davey. And is, more than 135 years later, still up and running. They started at Leadenhall street but moved shortly after to 88 West India Dock Road in London. Nowadays, it's located at Tenpenny Hill in Thorrington, Colchester.
They only produced maritime ship lights for decorative use. Besides ship lights, they produce and trade many other maritime items.
Limehouse Lamp Company
Limehouse Lamp Company is also known as Limehouse London. It's a manufacturer that produces high-quality mood lamps (or replicas). Limehouse Lamp company was Founded in 1971 and is still in business.
These lamps are manufactured for decorative use only.
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