Sentinel 10-12 ton Super Steam Tractor


About this object

Steam tractors and wagons were a common sight around the docks in the early 19th century.

This Sentinel Super Steam Tractor was supplied, as part of a fleet, to Simmonds, Hunt & Montgomery in 1927. It incorporated a vertical boiler in the cab, with the steam engine under the floor, and could pull a variety of trailers.

After the Second World War the fleet was taken over by Criddle & Co., who manufactured sugar syrup, treacle and oil cake. The steam tractors ran for many years between Criddle’s works in Great Homer Street and the docks.

Following the demise of the horse and cart many Liverpool carters went on to drive steamers like this before progressing to petrol or diesel wagons.

The Sentinel Waggon Works Ltd, although based in Shrewsbury, had a local depot in Vauxhall Road, where the vehicles were maintained. By the 1930s the popularity of the diesel engine led to a decline in the use of steam wagons, and they were last used commercially in Liverpool in the 1960s.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Sentinel 10-12 ton Super Steam Tractor
  • Accession no.
  • Type
    Steam powered road tractor
  • Artist/Maker
    Sentinel Steam Waggon Co
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Shropshire: Shrewsbury
  • Date made
  • Materials
  • Location
    Museum of Liverpool, Ground Floor; The Great Port; Open Display
  • Measurements
    4680 x 2720 x 2490 x 4750 mm
  • Related people
    Sentinel Steam Waggon Co (Artist/maker) ; Hunt and Montgomery Simmonds (Associated Person)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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