By Kenneth Warren
Armstrong, the engineers, armament makers and naval shipbuilders was once arrange in 1847 through William Armstrong at Elswick, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. This e-book analyzes Armstrong's eighty years upward push, decline and reorganization, treating it, in many ways, as a case learn of British commercial malaise.
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25 Stuart also recorded that, after George left the firm, Noble took over gun mounting as well as the rest of the ordnance department, but there his direction became, as Rende! recalled, 'a barren rule'. Although he knew little or nothing of steel-making Noble eventually took charge in the steel works as well. With yet another of his strictures on Noble there is evidence that Rende! grossly overstated his case. Writing in 1912 he recalled the earlier operations at the Elswick shipyard when, from 1883 to 1885, William White laid them 40 Establishment, Expansion, Diversification: 1847-85 out and managed them.
As early as 1877 George had spoken to Sir William and to Noble about Stuart's wish to enter Parliament. As it was put, Armstrong saw no real advantage to the firm in such a move. 17 Even in this Andrew Noble seems to have lent his support to the Rendels. By 1880 Hamilton Rende! was observing that Noble was anxious that George should endorse what they were doing about Stuart's financial interests in the firm when he quitted in order to enter Parliament. On the other hand, 'It has only been with great reluctance that Sir William has agreed to Stuart giving up his shares with right of The Role of Andrew Noble 37 re-entry, and this right he has contested in a way that will be very unpleasant to Stuart.
However an important part was played by the hydraulically operated carriage developed by Colonel Moncrieff, which used the recoil of the gun to lower it for the next loading. There were conflicts of interest between the firm and Moncrieff. In 1876 William Armstrong was said to be keen that they should be seen as not unreasonable if negotiations with Moncrieff were broken off. 2 Another association was with Charles Wright Younghusband, a member of the Ordnance Committee from 1863 to 1867 and who was involved with Andrew Noble in 26 Integration to the Mid-1880s 27 the introduction of high muzzle velocity guns.
Armstrongs of Elswick: Growth In Engineering And Armaments To The Merger With Vickers by Kenneth Warren