Andrew Betts

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Andrew Betts was born in Edinburgh, Scotland back in 1841 to Robert and Marion. He attended the Edinburgh High School.   After graduation, he took evening classes at Watt College winning prizes in Physics and Dynamics before moving to Manchester for two years to study Sciences.

He married Anna in 1869, they had four children.

He purchased a brewery in Vauxhall a suburb of London in 1863 and converted it into the Vauxhall Iron Works. He died at his home in Edinburgh in 1906 he was 65.

What you may not know about Andrew Betts Brown is that he invented the first hydraulic crane and overhead travelling crane. One of his cranes is still on display at the Albert Dock in Leith. He also invented the telemotor which was a mechanism allowing removal of most of the complex gears and chain between the control room and the engine on steamships. One more thing, he provided the steering gear for both the SS Lusitania and RMS Mauretania.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A really good read today. What an extraordinary man.

Apr 19, 2019 03:29 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He knew something about making things work! Enjoy your day!

Apr 19, 2019 03:50 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Made for more speed being lighter.

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Apr 19, 2019 06:11 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That's another winner from world history...

I hope you are prepared for the awesome weekend ahead James Dray 

Apr 19, 2019 06:16 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

A pioneer in engineering for invention of things many would never even dream !

Apr 19, 2019 06:56 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well you can say he never stopped thing of new inventions.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter.

Apr 19, 2019 06:57 AM #6
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He sounds very mechanically gifted James Dray 

Apr 19, 2019 07:50 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What we do without cranes.  They are one of the most important tools in construction.  A

Apr 19, 2019 08:53 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - I sure he will be remember for his work with the steamship industry.

Apr 19, 2019 09:59 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, you had me at brewery, I thought we were going to find out what an amazing brewmeister he was, haha.

Apr 19, 2019 11:13 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Andrew definitely had a knack for machinery. Thanks for the history lesson James, have a great weekend!

Apr 19, 2019 01:09 PM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - another legacy that does not go unnoticed! Thank you and Happy Easter!

Apr 19, 2019 01:37 PM #12
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi James - still on display.  That's a tribute to the ingenuity of his craftsmanship.

Apr 19, 2019 02:12 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what a legacy this man left!!!   Are you getting ready to hit the little round one yet?

Apr 19, 2019 06:38 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Cranes have certainly been a big part of the landscape over the years. What would we do without them?



Apr 19, 2019 09:26 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved this post and we all have seen the Cranes in my market for the past six years being active:))Endre

Apr 20, 2019 12:01 AM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This remonds me of my lack of mechanical skills but the genius of others.

Apr 20, 2019 07:50 AM #17
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