Hear the hum and see the steam at Mystic Seaport's 7th annual Antique Marine Engine Exposition, August 15-16, 1998, as collectors from around the nation gather to demonstrate and display their pre-1950 steam, gas, diesel and inboard engines as well as outboard motors. A boat parade will be held each afternoon at 2 p.m. and exhibitors will use Mystic Seaport water craft to show their engines at work on the Mystic River. Nearly 80 exhibitors displayed approximately 200 engines at last year's show.
Among the unique sights at this year's show is the Seabury triple expansion steam yacht engine, which will eventually be part of Mystic Seaport's upcoming 'America and the Sea' exhibitry. Also featured will be the steam windlass from the tug Pegasus, whose main propulsion engine was the highlight of the 1996 Antique Marine Engine Exposition. Both machines were restored by one of Mystic Seaport's volunteer engine crews, known as the 'Steam Team.'
The featured outboard motor will be a 4 HP Amphion engine which was built in 1920 by Clarence J. Allen and is currently owned by Robert W. Grubb of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
While in the shipyard, check out the progress on Amistad. Learn about this famous ship's construction from the use of 19th-century shipbuilding techniques to her very important 20th-century role as educational ambassador teaching the lessons of history, cooperation and leadership. Visit our newest exhibit, 'Voyage to Freedom,' which presents the Amistad story using primary historical documents, objects and even some artifacts from Steven Spielberg's film. Visit often and see this historic vessel come to life before your eyes!
Mystic Seaport The Museum of America and the Sea was founded in 1929 and is the nation's leading maritime museum housing the largest collection of boats and maritime photography in the world. Renowned for its recreated 19th-century village area of historic buildings and tall ships, Mystic Seaport also offers a preservation shipyard, exhibit buildings, educational programs and research facilities. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plan to spend the whole day it takes several hours to see and do all there is at Mystic Seaport. Call 860-572-5315 for more information, or 860-572-0711, ext. 5056, if you'd like to exhibit at this year's show.