First-Ever Chesapeake Antique Marine Engine Meet A Definite Success

| September/October 2001

Workboat engines

Thanks to GEM subscriber Dick Day, a collector and exhibitor of stationary, steam, and marine engines, my husband Kelly and I were fortunate enough to be among the invitees to the first-ever Chesapeake Antique Marine Engine Meet.

I'll admit right up front that this probably won't be much of a show report. Mind you, that's not because it wasn't much of a show--just the opposite, in fact. When you get caught up in all there is to see and do at these things, it's hard to remember that you're supposed to be taking serious notes and not just enjoying it all.


1908 Waterman Marine Motor Co. model K canoe engine, serial #11404, owned by Charles Taylor of Washington, D.C.

Forty-five exhibitors were registered for the show, held April 21 and 22 at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland, where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Exhibitors had been invited to display their pre-1975 inboard and outboard engines and antique marine steam, diesel and model engines.

And display they did! The museum's parking lot was transformed into a show area where spectators could see the evolution of marine power, from the 'working' engines of the early 20th century through the lighter outboard engines which both resulted in and resulted from the explosion of the recreational boating hobby following World War II.