The One Lungers:

Acadia's Gas Engines Made Marine History

| May/June 1992

  • 2 HP air cooled Engine
    Acadias owned by Jim Simon: 3 HP with igniters, very rare 5 HP with Webster mag, 2 HP air cooled, and a 10 HP with Webster mag.
    Jim Simon
  • Back view of the author's Acadias
    Back view of the author's Acadias, with F14 in the background.
    Jim Simon

  • 2 HP air cooled Engine
  • Back view of the author's Acadias

Submitted by Jim Simon, R.R.# 1 Shubie, Nova Scotia, Can. BON 2H0

It was during the First World War and the start of the Roaring Twenties that Acadia Gas Engines Limited of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, was said to be the largest manufacturer of marine engines in Canada.

Ships driven by sail and power tied up along the LaHave River waterfront and unloaded Number 3 Albany moulding sand from New York and soft coal and coke from Cape Breton. The moulding sand was used to gather impressions from which marine engine parts would be cast. The soft coal heated the company's complex of six buildings and the coke was used to fire the cupola or melting furnace.

A designer from Boston designed the parts and later a pattern was formed. In the foundry, the patterns were used to mould cavities into which molten metal was poured. The castings were further refined in the machine shop.



Finally, the castings were assembled to produce a finished engine.

'Here was a small firm going through all the motions of a giant,' says Glendon  Feindel of Bridgewater who, for many years, served as plant superintendent for Acadia Gas Engines Limited.



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