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- 1957 - 1975
- Dracone Developments Limited (Corporate Entity)
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These plastic vessels were christened Dracones by A S F Gow, the nearest word in Greek for a mythical monster such as a sea serpent. Draconella was launched in April 1957 - also made of rubberised cotton dinghy fabric, but bigger than the original test models. It was tested on the river Ouse.
Dracone Developments Limited was formed in August 1957, at the instigation of the National Research Development Corporation, as a private company to exploit and develop patents and information held by Hawthorne, Sir Geoffrey Taylor and Mr J C S Shaw. 20 Dracones were built in the first two and a half years, in sizes ranging from 15 to 320 tons, and over 2000 tons of petroleum products were transported by Dracones in regular operation to the Isle of Wight. Dracone Operations Limited was formed in 1959 by Hambros Bank and H Clarkson Limited, shipbrokers, and the word-wide licence was given to Dracone Operations Limited by Dracone Developments Limited. Later, Dunlop Dracones was formed in the 1960s as a consortium of Dunlop Rubber Company Limited and Dracone Developments Limited.
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