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Clarke Chapman is a British engineering firm, which for many years was one of the largest employers on Tyneside.

The company was founded in 1864 in Gateshead by William Clarke (1831-1890).[1] In 1865 Clarke took in a partner, Able Chapman,[1] and the two of them developed the business into one of the largest manufacturers of cranes and other mechanical handling equipment in the world. The company trades under the names of Cowans Sheldon (railway cranes), RB Cranes (construction cranes), Stothert & Pitt (port cranes) and Wellman Booth (steel plant cranes).

Ships using Clarke Chapman mechanical handling equipment include the RFA Wave Knight (A389)| and the RFA Wave Ruler (A390).

In 1969 Clarke Chapman acquired Sir William Arrol & Co., a leading bridge-builder.[2]

In 1970 Clarke Chapman acquired John Thompson, a leading boiler making business based in Wolverhampton.[3] A Subsidiary of Alstom

In 1974 Clarke Chapman acquired the United Kingdom interests of International Combustion (Holdings) Limited, a diverse group of heavy engineering businesses.[4]

The company merged with A. Reyrolle & Company & C.A. Parsons and Company in 1977 to form Northern Engineering Industries plc[2] which itself was acquired by Rolls Royce plc in 1989.[2]

The business survives today as part of Langley Holdings Limited who acquired them from Rolls Royce in 2000.[5]

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