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Tim Mulvey
Posted on Monday, October 07, 2002 - 05:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm seeking any information on a Saunders two stroke twin cylinder marine engine that was manufactured at Crowe on the Isle of Whyte.

I've already tried searching the web but with no success.

This request is on behalf a friend here in Australia who is restoring one but hasn't got internet access.

thanks

Tim
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paul_brooking
Posted on Monday, October 07, 2002 - 01:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am on the Island.
The place name is: Cowes, Isle of Wight.

There was such a company, firt it was S.E.Saunders,and then became Saunders Roe
They made Boats, but I did not realise they made boat engines, will try to find out more.
Paul.
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andrew
Posted on Monday, October 07, 2002 - 01:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tim and Paul... I am not familiar with that company, but sometimes boat builders would buy engines and put their own nameplate on the engine. This was commonly done in the US.
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Tim Mulvey
Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2002 - 05:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks guys.

In the meantime I'll find out more background about how my friend came by the engine eg whether it came to Australia in a boat, a one off import, or distributed here. It will likely depend on how many hands it came through - I'll also find out if it is complete and whether someone can take a digital photo for the discussion board.

I'll also talk to the blokes at the Sydney Heritage Fleet where I understand there are about 40 engines and many more being restored.

thanks again

Tim
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paul_brooking
Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 06:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Today I went to our local book shop to browse in a couple of books on S.E.Suanders and
Saunders Roe, as I expected nothing to suggest they made engines.
I have also browsed on the internet, as I expect you have, much on them but no mention of engines.
I expect Andrew is correct. If you could show A piture I expect somebody could identify it
if it is a known engine.
S.E.Saunders became Saunders Roe in 1929, and around 1960 (I think) Suunders Roe became Westlands.
In the earley days they were involved in boats, then high-speed water skiming boats and
sea planes. They made the boats used by Donald Cambell in the water speed record.
They were definately pushing things forward.
Engines used in some small boats were the Grey 4 stroke. They also used some very large and powerful Engines ,Rolls Royce etc.
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Tim Mulvey
Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2002 - 05:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Paul,

Thanks for the upadate.

Yes, I did do another internet search after you gave me the correct spelling for the Isle, but didn't get anything other than as you mentioned.

As you suggest I'll followup with the owner for a digital picture to post on OME.

thanks

Tim
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deefield@currantbun.com
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2003 - 06:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a book on Saunders Roe with a picture of an SE Saunders 5 HP inboard engine. Published by Tempus Publishing in the UK.
(see Tempus-Publishing.com on the web.) I have sent further details to Tim Mulvey. If anyone else needs them please mail me.
Regards David Field.
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andrew
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2003 - 07:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tempus-Publishing.com

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