We just picked up this Model T marine engine conversion produced by the St Lawrence River Motor and Machine Co. I've searched online, and, of course, this great forum, but I'm looking for more information if anyone has any. Thanks for looking!
Here is when it started, from a February 17, 1914 newspaper.
Clayton, NY is only about 50 miles from me. I can't give you any information about St. Lawrence Marine, but the 1000 Island Boat museum located in Clayton might have some info. They have a very large collection of antique boats. Their website is www.abm.org. There is contact information on their website. They might want your engine.
Very cool engine. :-)
There is a museum in Clayton that has a lot of information and many old photos.
Thousand Island Museum
312 James Street (or Mail to PO Box 27)
Clayton, NY 13624
Phone: (315) 686-5794
Fax: (315) 686-4867
The ground floor of the Museum houses an extensive research library.
The library, under the guidance of Sharon Bourquin, includes documents, clippings, scrapbooks, photos, maps, books and printed local histories.
It is a valuable resource for students, professionals, historians, genealogy researchers and scholars.
Thanks to a recent donation we now have access to ancestry.com.
Stop in, checkout our research library and start work on your family tree.
Volunteers will be there to help you out with your research.
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Looking at that engine again, the flywheel housing appears to be from a later engine with an adapter plate.
The Model T engine was likely selected for that task, because it was cheap and plentiful.
The engine was likely constructed or modified in the 1930 to 1934 time frame.
Model T engines always turned clockwise, looking at the front.
Boat Propellers normally turned clock wise looking from the back.
The company solved that problem by connecting the front of the engine to a transmission that only had a Neutral, Forward and Reverse gear selection.
Cris, I found my photos that I took of the engine in the boat museum, back in June 2006.
Only about 25 percent of all the boats and artifacts can be displayed at any given time.
There were 3 boats with converted Model T engines, but only one or two with this engine.
The date is 1928 and the type is O, so the engine could have been new, used or surplus to someone's needs.