Mystic Seaport's 4th annual Antique Marine Engine Exposition, August 19-20, 1995 will gather collectors from around the nation to demonstrate and display their pre-World War II steam, gas, diesel and inboard engines as well as outboard motors. A boat parade will be held on each afternoon and exhibitors will be able to use Mystic Seaport watercraft to show their engines at work on the Mystic River.
The featured engine at this year's show will be a 12' steam toy, a working American walking beam engine and, according to show organizer George King, an uncommon find. 'Most antique toy engines are horizontal mill engines,' said King, 'it's rare to find a toy marine engine.' Walking beam engines were common on inland coastal steamers from 1850s - 1920s. This exceptional toy will be part of the collection brought by Bill and Stephanie Payne of Oskalooska, Kansas, and is engraved with the words 'Leroy Christmas 1882' on the boiler plate.
Antique marine engine collectors are invited to apply for exhibition by calling (203)-572-0711, ext. 5056 or by writing Mystic Seaport, PO Box 6000, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut 06355-0990.