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Old Chester, PA: Robert Wetherill & Company
Black & White image above courtesy of Dave Komarnicki, Chester, PA
6th & Upland St.
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Wetherill's Corliss Steam Engine
Robert Wetherill, Sr. [Obituary]
Richard Wetherill [Biography]
|Company History:||The company was founded by Robert Wetherill,
Sr., in 1871 as "Wetherill, Keesey and
Whildey." The following year Robert formed a partnership with his
brother Richard Wetherill and the name of the firm was changed to Robert
Wetherill & Co.
Wetherill manufactured the Corliss steam engine.
The Wetherill Company was acquired by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company in 1916.
See Robert Wetherill, Sr.'s obituary for more information about the history of the company.
Fire destroys Wetherill Building
This report from Larry Hunter...
"The old Wetherill Building located at 6th &
Upland streets burned out and down on Tuesday April 2, 2002. By the looks of the building
they will probably have to demolish what is left. It was a horrendous out of control fire.
|Wetherill's Corliss Steam Engine:||"There is a fine example of Robert Wetherill Company's
product preserved in operational condition.
It is at Rough and Tumble Engineers' Historical Association at Kinzers, Lancaster County. This is located on US 30, west of the intersection of PA 41 and US 30.
The engine is a horizontal Corliss steam, about 8" x 18" single cylinder, with an approximately 8' diameter wheel. It has the classic and original " Crab Claw " valve linkage.
The engine is operated with steam in the Stationary Steam
Display Building three times per year, spring, summer and fall. I have spent many happy hours maintaining, operating
and interpreting for visitors in our display."
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© 2001, 2002 John A. Bullock III.
This page last updated 10/18/05