8 thoughts on “Hot Metal Ladle – Head Wrightsons

  1. All this gear made by Head Wrightsons & Ashmores will be mothballed now all the steelworks are closing down. These two firms supplied a lot of the gear for steelworks all over the world as well as the U.K. Later in my working career when I was inspecting, I went to a company in Doncaster & the work was just being finished, so to kill some time the Q.A. Manager asked me if I would like a tour of the factory, the first big workshop we went into was full of blast furnace gear being re-furbished for Redcar, when I started to discuss the items, he asked me how I knew about them, I told him we built them at Head Wrightsons as the nameplates said, needless to say the tour came to an abrupt end.


  2. This is a ladle which would contain the molten steel which would have been tapped from an open hearth furnace or LD Converter. During the tapping small lumps of alloying elements containing manganese, silicon and carbon would have been added. After a few minutes the ladle would have been moved across to the ingot bank and a stream of molten steel then issues from a hole in the bottom of the ladle in to each ingot mould.


  3. The book of Life at Head’s is good but it does not mention the real characters who worked at Head Wrightsons such as in the Thornaby Teasdale Machine Shop, Jackie Hunter, Alec Brown, John (Pedlar)Palmer, Alan Hewitson, Alan Rigg, Geordie Outhwaite, John Calvert and Arthur Jackson. In the Bridgeyard Keith Moody, John Manuel, Alan Mawby, Tommy Dover to name a few. Who were the welding Magnificent Seven in the Bridgeyard? Maybe Mick Turner can help.


  4. The 28 inch diameter trunnion pins had a 14 thou interference fit into the ladle, the ladle was measured up and the trunnion pins had the base marked off so they protruded one inch inside the ladle profile, then they were machined. The ladles were laid on their side and set up plum through the bores, the trunnion pins were put in a liquid nitrogen tank prior to assembly, then the trunnion pin would have a one fillet weld at the base to the inside of the ladle.


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