George Edward Milligen Collections: Static and Marine Engines
This page provides information and photos of the full size and model marine and static engines that are known to have been in George Milligen's collection.
Simpson Strickland & Co Kingdom's Patent Marine Engine
This is an extremely rare Kingdom's Patent marine engine by Simpson Strickland & Co of Dartmouth from circa 1895. It is described as a vertical reversing tandem quadruple expansion steam engine. This company specialised in the construction of fast steam launches. One of their boats named 'The Duck' was a 30-foot launch built around 1887 and capable maintaining a speed of 20 knots. It is 2 Ft 4" high and 1 Ft 10" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £12,000-£13,000. It sold for £4,600 including premium.
Vertical Reversing Marine Engine
Described as a vertical reversing twin-cylinder simple marine engine with piston valves, 'Stephenson link' gear reverse, patent high pressure glands, provision for a gear-driven feed pump on the bed and 'A' frame incorporated crosshead trunk guides. Height 1 Ft 7" and length 1 Ft 5.5".
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £2,500-£3,000. It sold for £1,380 including premium.
Mumford Compound Steam Yacht Engine
Described as a vertical reversing compound steam yacht engine by A.G. Mumford of Colchester circa 1898-1905. It has brass beaded mahogany-lagged cylinders of 4" and 8" bore and 5" stroke, rare oval Mumford maker's plate, main steam and simpling valves, full draincock systems, HP-driven circulating and feed pumps and LP-driven air pump, and crankshaft fitted with adjustable thrust bearing and barring/coupling flange wheel. It is 2 Ft 6.5" high and 2 Ft 8" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £22,000-£26,000. It sold for £6,325 including premium.
Mumford Compound Marine Yacht Engine Circa 1910
Described as a reversing compound marine steam yacht engine by A.G. Mumford of Colchester circa 1910 and probably suitable for an estuary vessel up to 45 feet or a river vessel up to 70 feet. It has blued steel-clad cylinders of 5" and 10" bores and 8" stroke, twin LP crosshead-driven air pumps, eccentric-driven feed pump, Stephenson valve gear, main steam and simpling valves, piston HP and slide LP valves, draincocks to cylinders and valve chests, crank shaft, fitted with adjustable thrust bearing and barring/drive flange wheel. The height from engine bed 'feet' is 3 Ft 9" and length 4 Ft 4".
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £20,000-£25,000. It sold for £6,325 including premium.
Simpson Dennison Marine Engine
Described as a very rare Simpson Dennison vertical reversing tandem compound marine steam engine circa 1905. It is 2 Ft 3" high and 1 Ft 3 1/4" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £3,500-£4,500. It sold for £4,370 including premium.
Model Reversing Horizontal Engine
Described as an extremely fine polished brass and wrought iron model of a reversing twin-cylinder horizontal stationery steam engine with 2" bore x 3" stroke cylinders with valve chests over and Joy's valve geaar, gib and cottered rounded rectangular connecting rods, square-spoked flywheel. In mahogany showcase Height 12.5" length 2Ft. 1.5".
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £3,000-£4,000. It sold for £2,530 including premium.