Mystic Seaport's 3rd annual Antique Marine Exposition will take place on August 20-21. Collectors from across the U.S. and Canada will gather 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 of this year's exposition is the Hartford outboard motor, built by the Gray & Prior Machine Company in 1928. The Hartford is believed to be the only outboard manufactured in the state of Connecticut.
Throughout the weekend, exhibitors will be able to ride on board several Mystic Seaport vessels. Exhibitors and visitors alike will be able to check on the restoration of a 40,000 pound 14-foot tall steam engine that was donated to the Museum last summer. Since then, a group of faithful volunteers has met once a month to work on the 67 year old 850 horsepower engine.
Antique marine engine collectors are invited to apply for exhibition by calling (203) 572-0711, ext. 5056 or by writing Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, P. O. Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355. Call (203) 572-5315 for more information.