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Antique Marine Engine Exposition

The transition from sail to engine power was a momentous event for the maritime industry and the world. Experience it firsthand at the 23rd annual Antique Marine Engine Exposition at Mystic Seaport as collectors from around the country come together to show off full-size and miniature 19th- and early 20th-century marine engines. Inboards, outboards, steam, gasoline, diesel, electric and naphtha engines will all be on display in the Museum’s Shipyard. Additional engines dating from 1889 to 1963 and manufactured by Evinrude, Johnson, Herreshoff, Palmer and Kriebel will be exhibited in the North Boat Shed.

More than 300 engines will be on display and many will be operated for your viewing and listening pleasure. A large selection of marine models will also be on display to delight the young at heart.

Weekend activities include a set-and-weigh anchor demonstration featuring a 1914 Economy Sparta donkey engine aboard the L.A. Dunton and the firing of several engines in the Shipyard, including a six-cylinder D-90 Lathrop diesel engine from the 1940s and a two-cylinder Wichmann semi-diesel from Norway. There will also be a 1917 Hercules engine demonstration behind the Museum’s Hoop Shop.

Featured Engine for 2014

This year’s featured engine, as shown in the photo above, is a 1988 Favell Design Compound Launch Engine Model SN 25008-8, built in Stamford, Connecticut. The two cylinders of this model produce 2.25 horsepower.

This beautiful engine model was designed and built from scratch by the exhibitor in his workshop. It is made from stainless steel and bronze, and it required slightly more than 1,200 hours of labor. It is one of several masterpieces that he has designed and built during his many years involved with this hobby.

Exhibitor: Donald G. Favell of Stamford, CT