Penn Steam Engine & Boiler Works

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FirmennamePenn Steam Engine & Boiler Works
OrtssitzPhiladelphia (Penns.)
Stra├čePalmer Street
Art des UnternehmensMaschinenfabrik
Anmerkungen1868: "Penn Works" mit "Neafie & Levy", Eigent├╝mer. Gleichbedeutend mit "Reaney Neafie & Co." (s.d.); die Schreibweise von "Rean..." schwankt (z.T. sogar in einer Quelle: "Reany" - "Reaney" - "Reanie". Bestandszeit der "Penn Works" mit 1832-1882 angegeben. Stra├čen [Hexamer General Surveys, Vol. 5]: Beach St., Palmer St., Allen St., and Richmond Street.
QuellenangabenLibrary Company of Philadelphia Wainwright Lithograph Collection; [Bishop: History of American manufacturers 3 (1868) 68]


Zeit Ereignis
1838 Gr├╝ndung der "Penn Works" durch Reany, Neafie & Co.. Die Firma besteht aus Thomas Reany, Jacob G. Neafie und John P. Levy. Thomas Reaney stammt aus Nordirland mit schottisch-irischer Abstammung und kam 1830 in die Vereinigten Staateen mit Sitz in Philadelphia. Thomas Reaney war mit Schiff- und Maschinenbau in Philadelphia besch├Ąftigt. [Schreibweise "Rean(e)y" schwankt.]


Produkt ab Bem. bis Bem. Kommentar
Dampfkessel         Gleichbedeutend mit "Reaney Neafie & Co." (s.d.)
Dampfmaschinen         Gleichbedeutend mit "Reaney Neafie & Co." (s.d.)


TEXTThese works have been established about twenty years, and from a small beginning have grown to a magnitude that places them among the foremost establishments of the city. During the period of their existence as a firm, the proprietors of these works have constructed over four hundred marine engines, of various sizes, and have consequently accumulated a stock of patterns, and an amount of experience, that qualify them for executing any work of this description. Among the vessels whose engines were supplied from these works, may be mentioned the U. S. Frigate Lancaster, the Gunboats "Pawnee", "Pontiac", "Neshannock", "Liberty", "Electric Spark", "John Rice", "Thomas Scott", "Belle Vernon", and others. During the late rebellion, the engines for about one hundred and twenty vessels, of all classes, were built here, some of them among the largest in the service. The area of ground occupied by this establishment is about seven acres, and within these limits are the buildings, tools, and facilities necessary for constructing not only marine and stationary engines, high and low-pressure boilers, heavy and light forgings, but for building all sizes of iron and wooden vessels. Having a front on the river of over four hundred feet; docks in which twelve ships can ride abreast in safety; a marine railway capable of bearing a ship of a thousand tons; shears and tackling that will lift a hundred tons; a machine shop one hundred and sixty-five by sixty feet, three and a half stories high; a boiler shop one hundred and eighty by sixty feet; a blacksmiths' shop one hundred and thirty by forty feet; an erecting shop eighty by seventy feet; a foundry one hundred and fifty by sixty feet - all equipped and provided with the best tools - their facilities are unquestionable. Or, if other evidence were wanting, it is presented in the iron ships "Oriental", of fifteen hundred tons; the "Havana", twenty-two hundred tons; the "General Scott", eleven hundred tons; the "Union", four hundred tons; and many others built here, that have added to the glory and efficiency of the American marine. In one special but important branch of naval architecture, this firm have a pre-eminence amounting almost to a monopoly. Among the first, or probably the first, to engage in building Propellers, and owning the patent for the curved propeller wheel, more of this description of vessel have been built at the Penn Works than in any other in the country. It has been said that at least two propellers may be seen on their stocks at all times; and on the western lakes, probably two hundred are performing valuable service. Besides its advantages of location and equipment, the "Penn Works" has another, in the practical skill of its proprietors, Jacob G. Neafie and John P. Levy. Mr. Neafie served his apprenticeship in the machine shop of Thomas Holloway, the first marine engine builder in Philadelphia, and thus, from boyhood, has been identified with the pursuit in which he is now engaged; while Captain Levy has a thorough and practical knowledge of hulls, rigging, and outfit of steamers - a combination that completes the resources, both mental and material, necessary for constructing any vessel of wood or iron, and furnishing it with all machinery and equipments ready for sea.
QUELLE[Bishop: History of American manufacturers 3 (1868) 68]