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richarddurgee
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2002 - 03:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any pictures of the Naphtha engine in the launch
at Mystic Sea port ??? Other engines known or pictures ?? Thanks Richard
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andrew
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2002 - 05:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Richard,

There are quite a number of Naptha engines around. The Independance Seaport Museum has one in a launch on display. I think the Adirondack Museum has one. Henry Ford Museum has one in the launch Chiripa. I have also seen various ones owned by private collectors.

The Adirondack Musuem published a little booklet in 1976 by Kenneth Durant called The Naptha Launch. I don't know if they still sell it or not, but if not it is probably available used. Nice little booklet with some history and technical inof. Also contains a bibliography of sources... Forest & Stream, RUDDER, Gas Engine and Power Co. instruction book, etc.

Pat Spurlock is working on a current high quality book on Naptha engines and launches.

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andrew
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2002 - 05:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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Pat Spurlock
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2002 - 04:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Naphtha Afficionados:

Does anyone know where we can see original Gas Engine & Power Co brochures about their naphtha launches, or Escher Wyss & Co brochures about the launches they built in Zurich under license, or Alco Vapor Launch Co. brochures?

Alco Vapor was F. W. Ofeldt's later invention after the naphtha engine; it was an improvement, as it burned kerosine and boiled alcohol.


We have exhausted the resources of Mystic and Mariners' Museums, and to complete the research we need to discover further resources, especially sources of the European builder. Does anyone know who is the old engine collector in Germany or Switzerland who might have an Escher Wyss brochure original. We have the reprint by Hillsdon.

It is a fascinating step in the history of engines!

Thank you,

Pat Spurlock
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Tom Stranko
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2002 - 08:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a xerox copy of the sea shell shaped hand out from the 1893 Columbian Exposition from GE&P.
It's mostly testemonials with 2 illustrations.
I also know that the March-April 1961 "steamboats and modern steam launches" had a good article.
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Dave
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 09:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY has a naptha launch "similar" to the one in the Adirondack Museum. The one in the Adirondack Museum was owned by a friend of mines father thus some casual history is available. If there are questions I can research or answer on the boat in Clayton please advise.
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Sandra B
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Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 12:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone have a pictue of an Ofeldt naptha launch?
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richarddurgee
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Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

where was the Ofeldt launch made ?
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richarddurgee
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Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Located this 1903 ad,this was the power plant, I will look for the Launchs !

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searcher
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Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010 - 04:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wouldn't mind owning one of these.

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ziechy
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Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012 - 02:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We know that The Henry Ford museum is a National Historic Landmark so that it is so great to be in there. The Henry Ford gallery in Dearborn, Mich., is reopening after an extended period of remodeling to unfold an account of America's obsession with the automobile. Beginning Jan. 29, the exhibition “Driving America” will open to the general public. The $8 million project signifies the first major overhaul of the gallery in 25 years, said Henry Ford museum president Patricia Mooradian. Same topic here Driving America opens at The Henry Ford on Jan. 2 . It will show and feature great automobiles in the automotive industry.

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