Globe Locomotive Works

Allgemeines

FirmennameGlobe Locomotive Works
OrtssitzBoston (Mass.)
StraßeFoundry Street
Art des UnternehmensMaschinenfabrik
AnmerkungenGegründet von John Souther (s.d.). 1868: "Globe Works".
Quellenangaben[Hunter: History ind. power USA 1 (1985) 714] [Metzeltin: Lokomotive] [Bishop: History of American manufacturers 3 (1868) 284]




Unternehmensgeschichte

Zeit Ereignis
1846 John Souther beginnt seine Tätigkeit als Lokomotivbauer in Verbindung mit J. Lyman.
06.1854 Die "Globe Works Company" werden eingetragen, mit John Souther als Präsident und D. A. Pickering als Finanzleiter.
1860 Das Werk wird durch Feuer zerstört.




Produkte

Produkt ab Bem. bis Bem. Kommentar
Dampflokomotiven 1848 Beginn 1864 Ende nach über 100 Loks Über 100 Lokomotiven gebaut
Dampfmaschinen 1850 Census 1850 1850 Census 1850  
Zuckermühlen 1850 Census 1850 1850 Census 1850  




Allgemeines

ZEIT1868
THEMAFirmenbeschreibung
TEXTAre entitled to rank among the noteworthy and remarkable manufacturing establishments of South Boston. Probably a greater variety of machinery has been built in these works than in any other, for it has been the practice of the Company to change their appliances and adapt their tools to the kind that may be most in demand in a given timeK whether it be Sugar Mills, Locomotives, or Steamships. In 1846, Mr. John Souther, who is now President of the Company, commenced business as a Locomotive builder near the site of the present works in association with Mr. J. Lyman (whose interest however he soon after purchased), on the unprecedentedly small capital of 2.000. Previously to embarking in this enterprise Mr. Souther had spent seven years in the service of the Boston Locomotive Works, and had made all or a greater part of their first models and patterns. He had also spent two years at Cuba studying the wants of the sugar planters, and in endeavoring to ascertain the machinery best adapted to supply those wants. The advantages of this practical and comprehensive training soon became manifest in the success of the establishment he had founded, and the sugar machinery built here for Cuba alone has amounted in value to 200.000 annually. In June, 1854, the Globe Works Company was incorporated, with John Souther as President, and D. A. Pickering, Treasurer. The latter gentleman had been, previous to his connection with these works, General Superintendent of several railroads, and had acquired a large and varied experience that peculiarly fitted him for the position he now occupies. For several years the building of Locomotives was a prominent item in their general business, from twenty to thirty having been made annually. Since 1860, however, when the works were destroyed by fire, the building of Locomotives has not constituted an important branch of their manufactures. One of the most novel machines built at these Works is the Steam Shovel or Excavator, the construction of which has become an extensive business. These Shovels have been used on most of the railroads in this country, and on many European railroads. They hold two cubic yards of earth, make two dips in a minute, and will dig the hardest clay pan. They will fill a train of twenty-five cars in twenty-five minutes. The shovel weighs twenty-eight tons. Its movements are wonderful in their complicated harmony, and it has been said to approach nearer to "a thing of life" than any other large machine ever built. It has distinct motions to draw the shovel back, force it forward into the bank, to raise it up, to swing. it to the right or left over a car, and to drop the contents - all executed by steam power. The Company have applied this machinery to a boat for dredging docks, rivers, and harbors, which is used in many parts of the United States and the Canadas, and also by the Russian and Egyptian governments on the Amoor river and on the Nile. The iron boats for this machinery were built at the Works, and both boats and machinery compare favorably with those for the same purposes built in Europe. A second order was given by the Pacha of Egypt to the Globe Works. For the last two years the Company has been largely engaged upon work for the United States Government. They constructed the U. S. steamship "Housatonic", and are now (1863-4) building one of the Monitors, both the hull and machinery, and also the machinery for a sloop-of-war and two side-wheel war steamers. The working force of the Globe Works has been about 400 men; it is now increased to 600.
QUELLE[Bishop: History of American manufacturers 3 (1868) 284]