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Museums with marine engine collections or related information
Clubs or Associations
Personal Pages
Boat building & repair
If you know of other links that offer material of interest to the antique marine engine collector, please advise us.  I will endeavor to keep these links current and relevant. 


The Adirondack Museum Blue Mountain Lake, NY  Even though it is not a "maritime" museum it has one of the best displays of boat and boating to be found anywhere.  Guideboats and canoes as well as early engine driven launches.
The Antique Boat Museum Clayton, NY  Outstanding collection superbly displayed. Two big shows each year. Be sure to also visit the Boat House at Boldt Castle (skip the castle but not the boat house!).
Calvert Marine Museum Solomons, MD A small regional museum with a fairly large collection of marine engines.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

St. Michaels, MD

Excellent display of marine engines in the STEAMBOAT BUILDING.  Restored engines displayed in glass cases with an interesting assortment of period literature.
Columbia River Maritime Museum Astoria, OR  
Independence Seaport Museum Philadelphia, PA Large museum with a couple of interesting inboards on display.  An early launch with a Naphtha engine as well as a  single cylinder MECCO, made in Philadelphia.
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum Seattle, WA Doesn't really meet the age criteria for an "old engine", but an interesting site.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Ferrisburg, Vermont An excellent regional museum with a few inboard engines including a 3HP Lozier in a Lozier launch.
Maine Maritime Museum Bath, ME  
Maine Watercraft Museum Thomaston, ME  
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Nova Scotia Lunenburg, NS A superb museum in an area rich with marine engines.  Displays include Atlantic and Acadia (of course) as well as other early inboards and installations in Dorys and other craft.  Well worth the visit.
NZ National Maritime Museum Auckland, NZ The NZ National Maritime Museum, in Auckland New Zealand operates PUKE (pronounced 'pook-ee'), NZ's oldest steam boat. The ELIZA HOBSON, a replica 1900's steam-powered water-taxi also operates out of the museum.
The museum houses several steam-related exhibits
The Mariner's Museum Newport News, VA

Largest International Maritime Museum in America. Home of the Chris-Craft archives. Very significant collection of early boats and engines. Website has robust searchable database. Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum.

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia British Columbia, Canada They maintain a Vintage Vessel Registry as a broad database of vintage vessels which is constantly being
appended and updated.
MIT Hart Nautical Collections, Massachusetts Boston, MA The repository for many significant collections of plans, photographs, and models.
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, IL  
Museum Pärlbåten Sweden The Museum Pärlbåten is an nonprofit foundation with the purpose of showing and preserving the Swedish motorboat and boating culture.
Mystic Seaport


Mystic, CT In my opinion, Mystic is the premier US maritime museum, offering exhibits and activities which appeal to families and scholars alike. They have a very large collection of early powered craft and engines (most of which are not on permanent display).    They also make a significant effort to offer the contents of their collection accessible on-line (no small endeavor). Host of the best (and only?) marine engine show in the country in August. Here is a direct link to Mystic's Marine Engine information page.
New Hampshire Antique and Classic Boat Museum Weirs Beach, NH  
North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort, NC Quality museum and web site.
Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME Automotive, aircraft, and boating.  Considerable number of early boats and engines. They host shows and transportation events.
Peabody Essex Museum Salem, MA Extensive library.
Penobscot Maritime Museum, Maine Searsport, ME  
San Francisco Maritime Museum San Francisco, CA Hicks engine on running display as well as two "Monterey" fishing boats with Hicks engines.
Shelburne Museum, Vermont Shelburne, Vermont A huge museum of Americana including trains, boats, carriages, and tools.  Home of the Ticonderoga, a side paddlewheel passenger steamer with a vertical
beam engine. 
Smithsonian Institution - Museum of American History Washington, DC Extensive collection of early technology including marine engines.
South Street Seaport, New York New York, NY  
The Sund Fisheries Museum Norway Part of the Norwegian Fisher
ies Museum web site with very interesting text on the first engines to come to the fishing fleets.  Has some info on the Bolinder engine.

Clubs or Associations                          top of page

The Antique and Classic Boat Society
The Antique Outboard Motor Club
Century Boat Club   Dedicated to antique and Classic Century Boats. Our site has over 250 photo an around 50 separate pages to view.
Classic Yacht Association The Classic Yacht Association is an organization of collectors, restorers and skippers of classic
power yachts and boats (1942 and earlier).
Heritage Boat Club Lake Michigan A group of boaters who love heritage boats and spend their
time restoring, maintaining, and enjoying them. Most of our members live in and around Chicago and the southern
end of Lake Michigan.
Italian Engine Modeler Italy This site is in Italian, but it shows an amazing group of model internal combustion engines including some early marine engines.  Worth a look!
James Kolanowski's Fairbanks Morse History page   A chronology of the development of Fairbanks Morse engines. Locomotive as well as marine.
Matthews Boat
Owners Association
  With a history of the Matthews Boat Company
Nautical Research Guild Primarily for ship modelers but excellent research data.
Richardson Boats   This site is dedicated to present, past and future
owners of these fine watercraft and anyone who has ever had the pleasure of working on one.
Thompson Dockside   Dedicated to the preservation of Thompson, Cruisers Inc. and T & T boats.

Personal Pages                          top of page

Alleman Home Page Louisiana  Various engines and Cajun Putt-Putts from the Lafayette, Louisiana, Wooden Boat Festival. Also Coolspring Show with some marine engines.
Classic & Antique Boats by John Hilton Lake George, NY Information and photos on various classic boats including a very interesting history on the Fay & Bowen Engine Company.
Cooil Shellagh Engine Collection Isle of Man, UK A small working farm with a large collection of vintage diesel engines and old plant and machinery. 
Old Iron of the Kinney Family   Extensive information and photos on the Clarke Gas Engine Co. of Evansville, Indiana.
Halfco's Workshop   Bob and Lori Holcomb's page. Frisbie and Frisco Standard, including a sound track.
Ernie's Antique Engine   Ernie Darrow's amazing collection of early marine inboards: Gray, Kingfisher, Sterling, Buffalo, etc. Be sure to click the "next" at the bottom right of the first page to see the collection.
Ad Langelaar's Brons Engine Info Waverveen, Holland Personal site with extensive information on the Brons Diesel Engine from Appingedam, Holland. 
Mullins Steel Boats   David Dufresne's site devoted to Mullins Steel Boats. Some excellent photos and reproduction of Mullins ads. The catalog copy he has describes the boats being sold with Ferro engines. Mullins (later?) marketed a Mullins engine.
New Zealand Steam Scene Auckland, New Zealand I know it is steam... but Russell says he has a 14' boat with a 4hp Stuart in it and will be including some information on "loud noise makers too..."
Speedboat Classics   A nice site with biographical information on Gar Wood, Chris Smith, and Kate Smith, as well as photos and information on early speedboats.
Tug ISLAY Wisconsin A wonderful page with photos and the story of the restoration of the Tug ISLAY and it's Kahlenberg engine.
Woodies on the Web   Chris-Craft and other mahogany runabouts. Chris-Craft and Chrysler engine specifications. And a Fay & Bowen company history.

Boat building & repair                          top of page

Beckmann Boatshop Limited Slocum, RI Builds hulls and outfits with steam or electric.  Some models are also suitable for inboard internal combustion.
Crocker's Boat Yard, Inc. Manchester by the Sea, MA Building Sam Crocker's designed boats for over 50 years. Also does restoration.
Electric Launch Company Highland, NY Builds and restores and outfits with electric power.  Some models are also suitable for inboard internal combustion
Gator Wooden Boat Plans Columbia, SC We supply the novice and experienced wooden boat builder with the most straightforward, comprehensive and reasonably priced illustrated wooden boat plans available. 
Kevin Martin Wooden Boats and Canoes Epping, NH Kevin is restoring a 20' EM White with a 2 cylinder Thrall motor, and has done a 20' Brooks launch last year.
Victory Boat Company Fair Haven, NY Wooden boat construction and repair.

Magazines                          top of page

Gas Engine Magazine Topeka, Kansas
The premier North American magazine for the farm and stationary engine hobby.  Contains occasional marine engine  articles and classified.  Has "engine show" listings and sells a directory of nationwide engine shows.  Twelve issues.
Marine Mechanic Trade Journal    
Stationary Engine Magazine Kent, England Until late 1999 the publisher, Kelsey Publishing Limited, also published a magazine called Marine Engines.  They ceased publishing it due to insufficient subscriptions (what does that say about our hobby?).  Instead they will "include a small three page marine engine section in Stationary Engine each month.  Twelve issues per year.
Strictly I.C. Magazine Miniature Engine Design and Construction, a high quality publication with articles of interest to the model and full size engine enthusiast.
WoodenBoat Magazine Those who feel that wooden boats go hand in hand with old marine engines should not miss a single issue.

Suppliers                           top of page

A & A Marine Manufacturing Manistee, Michigan A & A Marine Manufacturing -  marine replacement
hardware and original upholstery kits for Century Boat enthusiasts.
Antique Boat Connection Cincinnati, Ohio Antique and Classic boats for sale, as well as a large catalog of restoration supplies.
Atomic Four Engine Service Vancouver, Canada Universal and Atomic Four engines and service. Also a history of the Universal Motor Company and good maintenance and technical articles.
Boat Propellers 1/2 Price Chesterfield, MI Online ordering of all types of boat propellers, new and reconditioned.
Devereux Books Marblehead, MA Stan Grayson's publishing company of quality books. "We strive to offer books that are unique in concept. Each title we publish speaks to the interests of the independent, involved, active people who care deeply about history, technology, small working and commercial craft, and the wisdom of past generations." Home of OLD MARINE ENGINES, and ENGINES AFLOAT.
Essentials & Sundries Mathis Texas Chuck Balyeat's page of essential material for the antique engine hobby.  Gasket material, batteries, grease, tools, JB Weld, brass shim stock, etc.  A great source!
Lock-N-Stitch Inc. Turlock, CA Manufacturer of the tooling for the Lock-N-Stitch method of repairing cracks in cast iron. I have used it with great success. The web site is marginal, but the product and the printed catalog are excellent.
Luneburg Foundry and Engineering Limited Lunenburg, Nova Scotia The only know current builder of early style marine inboards. Two cycle, make'n'break or jump spark, Atlantic marine engines. As far as I know they have not built an engine for the last few years, but do have the capability to do so.
Otto Gas Engine Works Elkton, MD Supplier of piston rings of ALL sizes, from 3/4" to 86" ! They also sponsor an engine show in September.
Shepherd Boat Parts Lindsay, ON Dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Shepherd Boats. A good site for information and parts to restore Shepherd boats.
Superior Tools   Engine system pressure testing tools.

Miscellaneous                           top of page

Ed's Boxcar Raynham, MA A neat model railroad site with lots of good info.
FiberGlassics   A little after our period but a nice site anyway.  "attempt to preserve the original fiberglass hull designs from the 50's & 60's, plus capture the spirit of a time that has since past.."
Krem Enterprises Meadville, PA "antique or vintage automobile, airplane, train, tractor, machine, or marine restoration project.... provide a wide range of manufacturing, testing, design, and engineering services." 
MarineMechanic   Interesting site, judge for yourself.
Fort Lauderdale, FL Boating information including a Bulletin Board, Onsite and Offsite Searching, Local Information, information on boats, yachts, financing, insurance, marinas and boatyards, and ships stores.
Maritime History Virtual Archives    
Marshall Machine & Engineering Wrks. Lopez Island, in the San Juan Archipelago A great site with Atlas Imperial engine information as well as metal casting books and information.
Port Carling Boats Muskoka The Muskoka district is renowned for their fine antique Mahogany Launches. Minett-Shields, Disappearing Propeller Boats, Ditchburn,
and the Port Carling Seabird, are among some of the finest boats built in the Muskoka area. This site is dedicated to preserving the
heritage of Muskoka and these fine boats.
The Voyage of the DETROIT   A summary, with photos, of the epic voyage of the first gasoline powered motor vessel to cross the Atlantic, by renowned author and yachtsman Thomas Fleming Day.

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