Shipman & Acme Engines Clippings and Notations

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Shipman & Acme Engines Clippings and Notations

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“These engines are patented in Canada, and manufactured exclusively by John Gillies & Co., Carleton Place, Ont.”

Clipped from

  1. Ottawa Daily Citizen,
  2. 28 Jan 1888, Sat,
  3. Page 5

 

 

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Arnold Gillies Muirhead, 1907, aged 4, used in John Gillies Estate catalogue of gasoline engines and motor boats. 1907 [182 KB]

 

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Clipped from

  1. Ottawa Daily Citizen,
  2. 08 May 1890, Thu,
  3. Page 3

The kerosene burner worked with a pressure regulated steam jet or ejector that drew the fuel, a mixture of steam and atomized kerosene, and was delivered to the burner. As the steam pressure increased and decreased, the diaphragm type regulator throttled the steam delivery to the burner nozzle. So at the upper limit it either cut off completely or delivered steam at such a low rate it failed to produce adequate suction to the fuel line.

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The pilot light was a simple wick and pot torch arrangement. If the pilot went out, it still kept spraying fuel. Though with kerosene, it probably made more of a mess than a hazard. By the time that happened, the steam would have started to go down and the engine would either slow or stop, alerting someone’s attention. Porcupine boilers don’t have much reserve steam capacity and work best when they use steam as fast as they make it. If it was working under load and you suddenly shut the steam off to the engine, the safety valve would lift in short order.

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The water regulation was accomplished by a float, vary similar to a toilet tank filler, inside the water column/water sight glass arrangement. It worked a lever through a stuffing box and by means of an external lever and rod arrangement, controlled the bypass valve on the boiler feed pump.

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Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

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Clipped from

  1. The Gazette,
  2. 13 Sep 1890, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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Clipped from

  1. The Gazette,
  2. 30 Mar 1889, Sat,
  3. Page 3

Billy the Boodler Comes to Carleton Place

The Curious World of Bill Bagg — The Gillies Blacksmith Shop

The Sad Tale of Alexander Gillies and Peter Peden

The Lost Gillies Family Ephemera Rescued

Muirhead Gillies and the Boxes Are All Related–Genealogy and Photos

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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