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144-inch-diameter cylinder, powering eight beams, used to drain Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands Cruquius station

Francis Harvey, Jebus Bickle (an important figure at Harvey's who came from a large family of engineers) and the foreman Billy Gilbert
Back of Cruquiusmuseum, showing the beams of the pumping engine and the 9 meter drop in water level from the Spaarne river

Harvey & Co. of Hayle was responsible for producing the world's largest ever beam engine. With a 144-inch- diameter cylinder, powering eight beams, it was used to drain the Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands and has been preserved at the Museum De Cruquius (above). The three men shown stood with a miscast of the gigantic cylinder are Francis Harvey, Jebus Bickle (an important figure at Harvey's who came from a large family of engineers) and the foreman Billy Gilbert.  read more »

Catch up on #greatcanaljourneys on @All4 to see the world's largest beam engine, built by Harvey's of Hayle

World's largest beam engine, built by Harvey's of Hayle

Catch up on #greatcanaljourneys on @All4 to see the world's largest beam engine, built by Harvey's of Hayle http://www.channel4.com/programmes/great-canal-journeys/on-demand/63662-...


Harveys of Hayle

John Harvey was a Cornishman whose career started as a blacksmith and engineer at Carnhell Green near Hayle, in west Cornwall.  read more »

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