Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection.
The development of the outboard motor revolutionized water transportation. Outboard motors were easy to store out of the water, easy to maintain, and easy to use, making them the motor of choice for professional fishermen, sportsmen, and recreational boaters. Around 1906, the first outboard motor using gasoline was designed by a Yale law student from Detroit named Cameron Waterman. Waterman asked the Caille Brothers, manufacturers of slot-machines, to build the first 25 outboard motors. When the motors sold out immediately Caille began producing their own successful line of outboards, and by the 1920s were making racing outboards. In the 1940s, outboard racer George Martin designed a radical new outboard motor using automotive-type poppet valves, which he convinced a pressure-cooker manufacturer to make for him.
After the talk Larry Stevenson will conduct a tour of the newly opened Stevenson Outboard Collection, focusing on the outboard motors discussed in the presentation.
Admission is free, a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.
This talk is presented by outboard motor collector and historian Larry Stevenson. Larry is a Navy and Coast Guard Auxiliary veteran and a retired UPS International Industrial Engineering Manager in the international operation with a passion for industrial design, art, history, and sailing.