Axel Welin

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Axel Welin (1862 – 27 July 1951), was a Swedish inventor and industrialist.

Ernst Axel Martin Welin studied at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm from 1879 to 1884. Between 1886 and 1888, Welin worked as a weapons designer for Thorsten Nordenfelt in London. In 1889 he started his own engineering firm, the Welin Davit & Engineering Company Ltd. He soon designed the famed Welin Breech.

However, his main interest was davits. He invented a new and improved davit for lowering boats on board ship, a quadrant davit for double-banked boats which simply became known as the Welin davit. The RMS Titanic was equipped with Welin davits,[1] and after the disaster the demand for his product skyrocketed. He was awarded the John Scott Medal of The Franklin Institute in 1911. He retired a wealthy man in 1932 and returned to Sweden.

The Welin Davit Company continues today as Welin Lambie, based at Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, UK.

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  1. ^ Michael Davie: "The Titanic. The Full Story of a Tragedy", Grafton Books, 1987, p. 103

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