Mystic Seaport to Host Antique Marine Engine Exposition August 15-16
Mystic, Conn. (August 5, 2015) — Mystic Seaport will hold its annual Antique Marine Engine Exposition Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16.
A collection of more than 300 antique marine engines will be on display, including inboards, outboards, steam, gasoline, diesel, electric, and naphtha engines. The event is the largest gathering of marine engines in the country.
Workshops and activities will be held throughout the event which is set in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Visitors are invited to see the displayed engines Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Engines will be intermittently fired through the day and a selection of operating miniature engines and model boats will also operate. There will be an open house for visitors to view the Museum’s engine collection in the Collections Research Center both days.
The featured engine for this year’s Exposition is a 1915 Waterman Porto manufactured by the Waterman Marine Motor Company of Detroit, MI. The single-cylinder engine was nicknamed “Porto” for its lightweight frame and portability, both new features of the early 20th-century maritime technology. The manufacturer claimed that a Waterman Porto “makes a motorboat out of any boat in five minutes.”
About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The state-of-the-art Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $25 for adults and $16 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.