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This is a fantastic piece of commonwealth history.

This cast iron plaque dates from the 1860s and carries their shipyard stamp.

I have had some great comments on this piece some think its of a early New Zealand rail bridge. Feel free to comment.

Size is 45cm x 37cm and 10kg

Westwood, Baillie and Co was a Victorian engineering and shipbuilding company building many great bridges and ships. Set up in 1856 by Robert Baillie and Joseph Westwood, previously managers of Ditchburn and Mares shipyard.

Some of their accomplishments are:

Tug Powerful, 1857
Taptee Bridge (India)
HMS Resistance, 1861
HMS Valiant, 1863
Iron clipper Royal Edward, 1864
Tugs Robert Bruce, 1865, Scotia, 1874 and Granville, 1876
Jervois Swing Bridge, Port Adelaide South Australia, 1878
Attock Bridge (then in India) over the Indus, 1880
Colesberg Bridge over the Orange River 1885
Barkly Bridge over the Vaal River (Northern Cape, South Africa), 1885
Colenso Bridge over the Tugela River, Colony of Natal, South Africa, 1879
Lansdowne Bridge (then in India) over the Indus, 1887-8
Tugs Mabel, 1890 and Donovan, 1890

The company was wound up in 1893 and in 1895 Baillie was declared bankrupt. Joseph Westwood continued in business at Napier Yard as Joseph Westwood and Co. There is a large monument to him in Tower Hamlets Cemetery.

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  • Seller location: Timaru, Timaru - Oamaru, NZ

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