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The explosion at the Samuda Works, Blackwall.

The explosion at the Samuda Works, Blackwall.
The explosion at Samuda's works, Blackwall.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H5311
Description: Jacob and Joseph Samuda, the sons of a successful merchant and broker, set up their first engineering business in Southwark in 1832. In 1843 they extended their operations to shipbuilding, and laid out a yard at Orchard Place in Blackwall. Their early years were notable for major accidents. In November 1844, a steam joint burst on one of their first ships, killing Jacob Samuda and nine others. In 1845, as the 'Illustrated London News' engraving shows, a boiler exploded, killing three workers and destroying several buildings. Despite these setbacks, the firm prospered and moved to larger premises in Millwall in 1852. The company lasted until 1892.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 15 March 1845
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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