Linoleum flooring research for a commission installation


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I’m looking to find out

Any information on
Who supplied linoleum for titanic
(Normally in ship builder the whole range of the ships built in the same time frames used be same manufactures So Olympic and Britannic probably used the same manufacture)

Then probably the hardest information to obtain
Who installed these floors or company

At the time linoleum (marmoleum) would of been a highly specialist trade

It still is today
 

Mike Spooner

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There was a company in Staines Middlesex England (near Heathrow airport) called the Staines Lino Company. Information from the Spelthorne Council Museum in the Staines library . The company did supply the lino or linoleum (a Latin word for linseed oil) to the shipping companies and White Star Line was one of them. The inventor was Fredrick Walton from Yorkshire whom with a London business men set up a 56 area factory in Staines now the Two River Shopping Centre. He focus on the top quality lino only and first to interduce colour patterns. His design was regards soo hard wearing that the horse stables at Windsor castles were fitted out with them! A highly inflammable process to make indeed. F. Walton was soo fire conscious were he straddle the open side store barns across the Two river and had the first fire station in the area to. There is a further claim he made a special type of wall paper and was fitted in some of the first class cabins on Titanic to. Unfortunately the factory has long gone now as vinyl floors took over.
 

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Thanks mike I will look into this company see what information I can get

I have found that’s michael nairn also supply the white star ships as his floor has been discovered on the ss nomadic another white star liner

Yeah linoleum aka marmoleum was extensively used in pubs up and down the country for it full colour properties and fire rating and being able to polish it back to life .
We are having a huge surge in linoleum (marmoleum) taken a come back because of it sustainability, being biodegradable and full recyclable.
 

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I have seen the lino on display within Nomadic at Belfast. If it's comes from Staines Lino, the letter FW is printed on the back.
Just for the record. Staines is know now as Staines upon Thames! Next time I am in Staines not to far from me. I take a photo of a statue in the main high street of two men carrying a roll of lino. Strong men indeed!
 

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Mike is this the floor we are both talking about?

Cheers this will narrow down my investigation considerably

Nice to give my respect direct to F Walton during my commission floor.

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The picture I guest is from the Nomadic ship in Belfast. If FW is on the back. That's from the Staines Linoleum Company.
There was competition for lino or linoleum flooring from a company in Kirkcaldy Scotland. Considered a inferior cheaper brand for the mass. As Fredrick Walton only wanted the best! With London on his door step he had a captive market. Set up a factory in USA to were the US Navy used it until the attack on Pearl Harbour December 1941. Soon found how inflammable it was!
Fredrick Walton when on to invent hardboard sheets with the largest factory in the world at the time in Sunbury on Thames. But I dout very much if ever used on ships. Yes that factory is all gone now to.
 

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I guess my next task is going to be near impossible

Finding who installed these floors on the titanic

It’s a highly specialistic job with a tight time frame to install the floor after it was cut in to the said designs
With a lot of care to be taken during and after the installation to prevent shrinkage due to the adhesive

More then likely stains Lino them selfs has a team of “floorlayers”
 

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I would be surprise if H&W did not have the skilled craftsmen to lay down the lino tiles for themselves.
However next time when I am in Staines I will check if the Museum have this information.
 

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A quick check in Staines the other day. The Museum was close. I took some photos in the pedestrian high street. Unfortunately it was raining that day! Fredrick Walton was a very clever inventor. Next time in the Museum I get more information.
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