Author Results for Paul Quinn

Note: The Mexican Frigate Guadalupe

By Paul Quinn

The innovative designs of John Laird were used successfully in China, and another of his designs was bought by Mexico as a successful deterrent against Texan interests. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Macgregor Laird’s Galley – its relevance to African river exploration

By Paul Quinn

This note explains Macgregor Laird’s interest in Africa, particularly Nigeria, and his determination to develop profitable trade there through its river.  He patented an iron ship designed specifically for this purpose, Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: The Water Jet Lifeboat Duke of Northumberland

By Paul Quinn

The innovative water jet propulsion used in this steam lifeboat is documented, and the rescues which she undertook are detailed. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

Charles Wye Williams, Boilers and Fuel

By Paul Quinn

Charles Wye Williams (1780-1866) was a scientist, industrialist and one of the nineteenth century’s most prominent steamship owners, and an early student of the chemistry of combustion in marine boiler furnaces. From 1838, his work on improving the efficiency of marine steam engines led to the adoption of improved furnaces designs, changes to the shape […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Irish Sea | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

Macgregor Laird, Junius Smith and the Atlantic Ocean

By Paul Quinn

The early tribulations of steamships crossing the Atlantic are examined in the light of the claim that such crossings were ‘chimerical’. The reasoned response by Samuel Cunard and the ships built by Macgregor Laird and Junius Smith are examined in detail, and the crossings of the British Queen and the President related. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Note: John Laird’s American River Boats

By Paul Quinn

The background to the use of iron river boats is explored, and their early use in America is explained together with the irony that this American experience helped to establish the British industry. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Armco Iron as a Disclosing Model for Wrought Iron

By Paul Quinn

Following the author’s article in the 2003/4 MM, he argues that the Armco iron produced iron of high purity and strength, and compares this with the iron used in ss Great Britain. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Wrought Iron’s Suitability for Shipbuilding

By Paul Quinn

The quality of the iron used for this purpose was important. At low temperatures the need for use of quality such material is clear. Using such samples as were possible to obtain, for example from a number of Victorian ships, in more recent times a number of tests carried out confirm these facts. In addition […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Early Development of Magnetic Compass Correction

By Paul Quinn

Although the need for compass correction had been identified in wooden ships, the increasing use of iron in the construction of ships made the need for correction essential. This paper traces the developments in compass correction by Flinders and Barrow in the late eighteenth century, when the theory of magnetism and the earth’s magnetic field […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design