Mystic Seaport to Host Annual Antique Marine Engine Exposition

Largest Marine Engine Show in the Country to Feature more than 300 Exhibits

Largest Marine Engine Show in the Country to Feature more than 300 Exhibits

Experience the maritime transition from sail to mechanical power at the 21st annual Antique Marine Engine Exposition at Mystic Seaport Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19.

More than 300 examples of early marine engines from around the country, including unique selections from Mystic Seaport’s own collection, will be on display Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A broad range of inboards, outboards, steam, gasoline, diesel, electric and naphtha engines will all be on display in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Additional engines dating from 1889 to 1963 manufactured by Evinrude, Johnson, Herreshoff, Kriebel and others can be viewed in the Museum’s North Boat Shed.

Visitors will have special access to view the Museum’s Marine Engine Collection in the Collections and Research Center over the weekend. The Collection contains several hundred unique examples of marine engines from the 19th and 20th centuries and is not normally open for general visitors.

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

In addition, the Shipyard’s paint shop will display many outstanding marine engine models, many of them fully operational.

The Antique Marine Engine Exposition is free with regular Museum admission.

About Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, it is the home of four National Historical Landmark vessels, including the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. For more information, please visit https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/.