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Babcock & Wilcox Engineers
Babcock & Wilcox Engineers
Babcock & Wilcox Engineers
Babcock & Wilcox Engineers
Babcock & Wilcox Engineers
Babcock & Wilcox Engineers
Babcock & Wilcox Engineers

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Babcock, established in 1881 as boiler makers, opened a factory in Renfrew in 1895. For over a century steam was relied upon to provide power for ships, cranes, workshops and all manner of machinery. The steam train presents a strong icon for energy, durability and determination. Babcock and Wilcox designed and manufactured an enormous range of engineering equipment including nuclear power stations and machine salvage apparatus for raising the sailing ship 'Mary Rose', a warship of the English Tudor navy of Henry VIII. She sank in the Solent in 1545 while leading the attack on the galleys of a French invasion fleet. The wreck was rediscovered in 1971 and salvaged in 1982. Howden Engineering, also in Renfrew, specialised in tunnel boring equipment which included supplying machinery for excavating the Channel Tunnel rail link between Britain and France.

Date

2005

Medium

bronze

Accession number

PA4_GB_S007

Work type

Sculpture

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

Inscription description

plaque: Babcock & Wilcox – Engineers / Babcock was established in 1881 as boiler / makers, opening a factory in Renfrew in / 1895. / For over a century steam was relied upon to / provide power for ships, cranes, workshops / and all manner of machinery. The steam / train presents a strong icon for energy, / durability and determination. / Babcock and Wilcox designed and / manufactured an enormous range of / engineering equipment, including nuclear / power stations and machine salvage apparatus / for raising the Mary Rose. / Howden Engineering specialised in tunnel / boring equipment which included supplying / machinery for excavating the Channel / Tunnel.


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Located at

Lapwing Road, Renfrew

PA4 8SQ

Situated within Clyde View Park, along side the main path through the park.