FORE & AFT MARINE
In 2008 Edson officially enters its 150th year of operation. This milestone
is one that begs us to look at Edson’s past, our present and our future.
Edson’s core values back “then” when Jacob Edson founded this company in
1859, and what we stand for “now”, remains remarkably similar and still
Through Edson’s history these words ring as true today as they did 150 years
ago, “Honesty”, “Integrity”, “Innovation” and “Passion”.
We invite you to take a step back and look at Edson’s history here and at
www.edsonhistory.com. We believe you will see a fascinating story of an
American business that has prospered for an amazing 150 years.
We thank you for your business, your ideas, and passion towards your pursuits,
and hope you know how passionate we are about our customers and our associates
Our Best Personal Regards,
|William N. Keene
|Henry R. Keene
In a fine example of "Yankee Ingenuity", Jacob Edson
invented the diaphragm pump, and in 1859 established The Edson Corporation
in Boston, Massachusetts to manufacture and sell his pump. He continued to
invent a wide range of marine products which resulted in significant growth;
and in the mid 1930's the company moved to expanded facilities in New
Bedford, MA. The Edson Corporation is now recognized as one of the oldest
continuously operating businesses in Massachusetts and the United States.
You can view a pictorial timeline of the History of Edson
A brief chronicle of Edson's progress .
- 1859 - Jacob Edson forms Edson Corporation to design and
manufacture specialty hardware for the commercial marine trade. Invents
first diaphragm pump.
- 1875 - Edson develops "Boom Buffer" to reduce the shock of gybing.
Becomes standard hardware on all Gloucester fishing schooners.
- 1880 - Edson Diaphragm Pump receives U.S. patent, First to use
rubber diaphragms and valves.
- 1890 - Edson pumps first used for pumping sewerage. Company
introduces horse-drawn honey wagon.
- 1902 - Edson designs a worm-steering system for Kaiser Wilheim's
161 -foot yacht Meteor used to race against King George's yacht, Britannia.
This rugged steerer, now called the "Meteor," is still available from Edson.
- 1904 - Edson exhibits steering systems and pumps to the yachting
industry at the first New York Boat Show, held at the old Madison Square
- 1905 - Edson steering system designed for the schooner, America,
begins long association with America's Cup defenders.
- 1910 - Edson introduces first portable power pump combining a
diaphragm pump with a magneto-gasoline engine, also manufactured by Edson.
- WWI - All the Hog Island freighters and the liberty ships of WWI
use Edson Emergency Steering and Pump systems.
- 1920's - Yachts of the Roaring 1920's and 30's are almost always
equipped with Edson hardware including pumps, steering systems, custom
wheels, deck plates, flag staffs, ventilators, and stanchions.
- WWII - The famous Elco PT boats and naval and merchant marine
vessels are equipped with Edson emergency-steering systems and emergency
- 1949 - Company moves from the Boston waterfront to New Bedford,
- 1956 - Edson Corporation is bought by Henry R. Keene, who starts
updating the product line, putting emphasis on lightweight materials,
including aluminum castings.
- 1958 - Edson introduces new bone-dry Gallon-a-Stroke Bilge Pump.
Heavy cast-iron is replaced by aluminum and bronze housings.
- 1959 - Edson steering system installed on the first fiberglass
sailboat, the 40foot Bounty, introduced at New York Boat Show.
- 1960 - Edson develops pedestal guard for new Hinckley Bermuda 40,
1961 - Edson adds the wheel brake to pedestal steering systems.
- 1963 - Edson introduces el fresco dining with the first
- 1965 - Edson centralizes boat control with pedestal-mounted
- 1970 - New Edson instrument pods bring electronics to the
- 1973-1974 - Edson patents Radial Drive Steering System for
- 1976 - Edson designs Pull-Pull Cable Steering System for use on
- 1980 - Edson supplies government with sewerage pump-out systems
for chemical warfare shelters.
- 1982 - Edson buys Anbar Foundry. Edson begins to make its own
aluminum and bronze castings and produces specialty hardware castings for
- 1984 - Edson introduces cast lightweight-aluminum dinghy davits
- 1986 - New Edson spacemaker pedestal design provides valuable
room below the cockpits of sailboats.
- 1988 - Edson develops NAVCOM integrated tower system for mounting
radar, radio, and navigation antennas.
- 1989 - New Edson RLA Pedestal System provides wheel steering for
boats with transom-hung rudders.
- 1991- Edson uses industrial-pump technology to engineer
holding-tank pumpout systems for marinas, yacht clubs, and municipalities.
Ships 800 sewerage pump-out systems to Operation Desert Storm.
- 1992 - Edson introduces new Diamond Series T14 lightweight
- 1993 - New Edson small-boat steering system for sailboats under
- 1994 - Edson expands NAVCOM tower system to include lifting
cranes, radar reflectors, leveling kit and anchor arm. Introduces new
instrument housings, guard-mounted radar displays, and stainless wheel
- 1994 - Edson named official supplier for the BOC Challenge
- 1995 - Edson selected to provide steering systems for the BT
Challenge for the second time. Wrong way around the World course will be
sailed in 1996.
- 1996 - Edson develops new line of Diamond Series? Console
Pedestals which allow a large range of instruments and controls to be
mounted within easy reach of the helmsperson.
- 1996 - Edson introduces new CD-i? Compact Rack and Pinion
Steerers in Classic?, Diamond Series? and Integral Console versions.
- 1997 - Edson's new Single Lever Engine Control, mounted directly
below the compass, is developed to make maneuvering a sailboat a simple,
one-handed job while at the steering pedestal.
- 1997 - Edson Europe Limited established in Portsmouth,
- 1999 - Edson Europe Limited launches new line of Rudder
- 2000 - Edson reintroduces its Powerboat catalog featuring Edson
products specifically designed for the powerboat market. Rudder bearings
added to line of steering products.
- 2001 - Edson Europe moves to new headquarters. Pump accessory
store added to Web Site at
http://www.edsonpumps.com. Pro-Series Powerknob introduced to powerboat
- 2002 - Edson publishes Traditional Steering Systems catalog.
Stainless davit System added to product line. Multi-Mode Steerer for
- 2003 - Edson redesigns logo, first update in over 35 years.
Vision Series Pods Introduced; Sportsman Series Plastic Powerknob offered as
economical alternative to ProSeries Stainless version.
- 2004 - Edson celebrates 145 years of business; Vision Series™
Pedestals introduced; New Clutched Wheel design; Comfort Grip Powerwheel
- 2005 - Edson President Will Keene awarded SAIL Magazine’s 2005
Industry Award for Leadership, All-new Edson Wheels catalog and website
launched. Edson Pumpout Accessories
online store launched.
- 2006 - Edson reinvents the Wheel! All new Steering Wheel provides
cockpit ACCESS. New Comfort Grip PowerKnob.
All new lineup of Radar & Electronics Interface products. Pump Out Nozzle
with Splash Guard wins METS DAME Award and SAIL Pittman Award for
- 2007 - Edson introduces
online store for Marine
Accessory products. Edson develops "Speedster" Mini Multi-Mode Geared
steerer for smaller yachts.
- 2008 - Edson publishes 150th Anniversary Catalog. Adds to NavCom
Tower line with Custom Series Towers as well as large variety of Radar
Towers for Sat TV, Telephone and Night Vision Cameras for nearly every
The Edson Limited Warranty
The Edson Corporation (“Edson”) warrants to the original consumer purchaser
of this product, that it is free from defects in materials and workmanship.
Edson’s responsibility is limited to repair or, at Edson’s election,
replacement of any defective product and does not include any charges for
removal, re-installation, or incidental or consequential damages. Some states
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
Expiration: This warranty and any implied warranties shall
expire one (1) year from the date of purchase; provided, however, that if any
product is used for any commercial activity, this warranty shall expire ninety
(90) days from date of purchase. Some states do not allow limitations on how
long an implied Warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
Exceptions: The above warranty does not apply: to metal finishes or coatings;
to a product not installed or maintained following Edson’s instructions,
damaged by casualty or improper use, repaired or modified by other than Edson
personnel, installed in a vessel or manner judged by Edson to be an
inappropriate application of its product, or used with other products
incompatible with the Edson product or which adversely affect its performance
Claim Procedure: 1) Immediately upon purchase, complete
and mail to Edson the Owner Information Card accompanying Edson’s equipment,
if any. 2) Immediately upon discovery of any apparent defect, notify your
vendor, the builder of your boat, or Edson, describing such defect; 3) the
vendor, boatbuilder or Edson shall make a preliminary determination as to
whether a warranty claim is justified and, if so, 4) upon request, Edson shall
authorize return of the product. NO product shall be returned until authorized
by Edson. 5) After such authorization, return the product, freight prepaid,
with proof of purchase, if no owner information card has been filed with Edson,
to The Edson Corporation, 146 Duchaine Blvd., New Bedford MA 02745. 6) If
found defective, Edson shall repair or replace the product and return it at
Edson’s expense if destination is within continental U.S.A. or, if not , or if
special freight required, at owner’s expense.
Other Rights: This warranty gives you specific legal
rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from State to State.
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