|Sterling 2 cylinder gas engine
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 04:33 am: ||
I am trying to identify an egine, long gone, that was in my boat in about 1945.
I am in Tasmania, Australia, and have a 52 ft fishing boat that was built in 1915. She was built with a 10 hp Union, but over the years, she has had about 10 different engines; they lasted on average about 9 years each.
An old hand who worked on her in about 1945-1950 said that at that stage she has a 12 hp Sterling gas engine - he thinks it was two cylinder. I have read about Sterling in "Engines Afloat", and am now trying to work out what model it would have been. It seems to me that it must have been a Neptune model.
Questions: 1. Over what years were Sterling Neptune engines manufactured?
2. Where can I find a picture of one?
Post Number: 14
|Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:02 am: ||
Do a Google search on STIRLING ENGINE. (Note the spelling) You may be in for an interesting discovery.
Post Number: 270
|Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 09:31 pm: ||
In my mind, Stirling engines are heat engine that function as a result of differential temperature-Rider-Erickson pumping engines as an example. Sterling Engines of Buffalo NY manufactured Marine Engines from very early 1900's( 1903?) up into the post wwwII era. There early tag line from the 20's was " The Engine of Distinction for the Finest Boats that Float". Beginning 1910, Sterling offered a Two cylinder Model C engine that weighed about 400 pounds and was rated at 8-10 HP at around 500 rpm. They also made made a two cylinder Model D which was rated at 10-12 HP. The model D was additionally available in 4 and 6 cyl models. These engines were considered heavy duty models.I'm not aware of a Sterling Neptune model; perhaps Lou Dobbins " The Sterling Guy" on this site has more information and photo's. Interestingly, My 2 cyl Model C of approximately 1912 includes a factory supplied started generator.