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Nasmyth and his steam hammer, c 1845.

Lewis, Captain

Nasmyth and his steam hammer, c 1845.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


A photograph of James Nasmyth (1808-1890) with his steam hammer, taken by Captain Lewis, probably of the Royal Engineers, in about 1845. A succesful engineer based in Manchester, Nasmyth was approached in 1837 by the Great Western Steam Company. They needed a machine tool, a steam hammer, to help make the engines for the steamship 'Great Britain'. Nothing at the time was strong or precise enough, but Nasmyth's design for a giant steam hammer could both forge the iron plates for a warship or hammer in a nail.

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