Post Number: 230
|Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 05:45 pm: ||
Richard , having at looked at your posting i must say congratulations. What a wealth of knowledge you have contributed. So much information about early US engines ...we never see them in Australia.
Post Number: 360
|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 - 06:58 am: ||
Thanks, Peter It keeps me out of the pool hall. I know my American counterparts really enjoy the AU and CA contributions. There seems to be much more activity with all this old junk in AU, CA and the US than other countries. I don't know if it is there are not a large number of antique marine engine collectors elsewhere or they are just not aware of the OME page that Andrew has developed for all of us.
In Europe antiqe boats seem to be very much revered and perhaps it has more to do with there were never were the vast number of small gasoline inboards of pre WWI vintage. I have had UK friends tell me that due to the high taxes on gasoline that small boats just didn't have engines and small diesels were just not made in those early years. Another related aspect was the rules regarding motorized boats tended to hold back mechanically propelled small boat popularity. That almost happened in this country around 1909 when a legislative drive to apply all sorts of regulations on who could operate a small boat with mechanical propulsion was finally defeated. By the time the politicians woke up to the fact there were thousands of small boats with one lungers in them it was too late to put that "Cork" back in the bottle. It has been interesting to me that some of the most useful data on Palmer Bros. marine engines of the period 1912-1915 was turned up by Allan Roney in Brisbane. Allan has a very nice collection of Palmer Bros. engines. There are one or two other Palmers I have heard of in AU but somehow I have lost contact with their owners.
Thanks again for the kind words and keep the hobby going in AU. Regards, Dick