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The Early Years of Outboard Motors 1866-1907

June 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection.

Caille outboard motor advertisement

How have boats and ships been propelled since ancient times?  Explore the history of propulsion beginning with paddles, oars, sails, paddle wheels, and ending with the modern screw propeller.  The modern-day screw propeller drives everything from military ships and cruise ships, to cabin cruisers, lobster boats, and run-about boats of all shapes and sizes.  It was critical to the development of the outboard motor.

In this fascinating illustrated walk through our industrial heritage we will also explore the development of the first outboard motors between 1898 and 1907, covering the American Outboard Motor company, then on to the Waterman Porto, which was designed with the help of Henry Ford’s Chief Engineer, and constructed by the slot machine manufacturer Caille Brothers, in Detroit.

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.


June 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm