The Steeliness website gets its name from the Admiralty’s Inspectors of Steel who were based in the main centres of steel production, The Sheffield office had the telegraphic address of ‘Steeliness.Sheffield’.

The website started in 2019 with my interest in Sheffield as a centre for the manufacture of naval armour plate and in particular the River Don Engine at Kelham Island Museum, which is a living reminder of what used to be the city’s largest industry. Over time my research has widened to include the history of South Yorkshire’s large iron and steel companies and of the people involved in them.

Steeliness draws its material from a wide variety of archives, without whose help the research that underpins the website would not be possible. The website will publish articles based on this research as well as original documents and transcripts about naval armour plate.

David Boursnell

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A report of visit to the Krupp works by John Brown & Co in 1896

May 2, 2019

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