Vulcan and Dredges

Vulcan’s impetus towards pile driving equipment was driven in part by the involvement of the Warrington family in the marine field, both construction and ship building/operation. That commercialisation wasn’t restricted to the pile driving equipment; before World War I, Vulcan was an active builder of dredging equipment, which combined its machinery design and manufacturing capabilities with its shipbuilding ones.

Although, as with all of its products, Vulcan’s market for dredges wasn’t restricted to the Chicago area, that area had plenty of dredging to do with the contemporaneous construction of the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal, which reversed the flow of the South Chicago River and provided a waterway between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River system.


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