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Seaport to host antique marine engine expo

Marine propulsion fans can experience the maritime transition from sail to mechanical power Aug. 18-19 at the 21st annual Antique Marine Engine Exposition at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

More than 300 examples of early marine engines from around the country, including unique selections from Mystic Seaport’s own collection, will be on display.

A broad range of inboards, outboards, steam, gasoline, diesel, electric and naphtha engines will all be on display in the Museum's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Additional engines dating from 1889 to 1963 manufactured by Evinrude, Johnson, Herreshoff, Kriebel and others can be viewed in the Museum’s North Boat Shed. The Collection contains several hundred unique examples of marine engines from the 19th and 20th centuries and is not normally open for general visitors.

Weekend activities include a set-and-weigh anchor demonstration featuring a 1914 Economy Sparta donkey engine aboard the schooner L.A. Dunton and the firing of several engines in the Shipyard, including a six-cylinder D-90 Lathrop diesel and a huge two-cylinder Wichmann semi-diesel from Sweden. There will also be a 1917 Hercules engine demonstration behind the Museum’s Hoop Shop.

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