Series UR-SF 73/4 - SS Robin

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UR-SF 73/4


SS Robin


  • 2015 - 2022 (Creation)

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2 pieces and 1 box

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(fl 1968-)

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David Middleton was a senior lecturer of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He worked in the department from 1968 until he retired in 2004, and was part of notable engineering projects such as the NCR development of the ATM Cash Machines during the 1990s, carried out in collaboration with the University of Dundee.

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SS Robin was a ship built on the Thames in 1890 at Bow Creek London the ship was towed to Dundee for installation of the engine and boiler by Gourlay Brothers. The ship was retired in the 1980s after an extraordinary long working life and was acquired by the Maritime Trust. This may be the only extant Gourlay Engine in existence. While the ship was stored at Tower Bridge Wharf the engine nameplate was stolen. The ship has been berthed at various docks in London and the hull has been restored. It is now in the care of a trust near Bow Creek and the plan was to have the ship placed in the dry as a heritage exhibit-tourist attraction. David Middleton visited the ship ca 2009 and noted the plate was missing. With the help of University of Dundee students of Mechanical Engineering David Middleton led a project to make a new plate using modern computer based manufacturing methods of design and manufacture.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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UR-SF 73/4

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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