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  1. Hi, I've read your reply with interest; I'm certain these engines are Dutch - Deutche Industrie must be a different manufacturer based in Germany? I would be very interested to see any pictures, or links to information you might have regarding them? One of the links posted above gives a lot of information on De Industrie engines, (The Abelforte website is well respected, here is the translated link) but my own knowledge is growing daily as I spend more time working with them and researching them. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment, including a picture of the Gerrard Elizabeth at the boat yard in 2008: Are you going to behave this time by FC3MRC, on Flickr Industrie with Matador and Petter S by FC3MRC, on Flickr Engine plate by FC3MRC, on Flickr Gerrard Elizabeth 2008 by FC3MRC, on Flickr Engine in factory 1B4a by FC3MRC, on Flickr DeIndustrieAlphen1930 by FC3MRC, on Flickr
  2. Hi everyone, I found this thread while searching for information on De Industrie engines in general and can give you the details that are missing! I am one of those strange people that care about our industrial heritage and in particular prime movers. I have a few engines in my collection that are rallied every year for the general public to see and enjoy. One of them is the very engine you are talking about! The "Thomas Morrus" and the "Gerrard Elizabeth" both belonged to "Vince" and were motored across the sea as a pair. The story is incredible and best told by "Vince" I came to the rescue of this engine quite by chance as I was buying another engine from the boatyard and literaly came across it! The "Gerrard Elizabeth" was being completly refurbished (sadly the old cabin is no more)and a modern key start engine fitted in place of the old "Industrie" I purchased the engine on the 26th April 2008 and stopped it going into the scrap. The engine was seized solid and had not run for 12 years! Water tide marks showed that the depth was half way up the cylinder block at times. Sorting out the beast was challenging and enjoyable, it is big! The piston is over 10 inches in diameter and the displacement is 15.5 litres. These engines were made from 1913 to 1951 and this particular one was delivered from the Alphen factory in Holland to H. Kouw in Amsterdam on 09/06/51. The serial number is 1198 and the last one made was 1205 so it is one of the last ones of it's type. It is a 1IB4A rated at 20 HP it weighs 2.1 tons! The engine is a single cylinder "Semi Diesel" 2 stroke so needs to have the "hot bulb" or "scull" heated red hot by blowtorch before starting is possible. A compressed air start can be done in 10 minutes but a full hand start takes 1/2 an hour! The first outing this year is at Amberly on the 13th of May, it is a very interesting machine. Best regards, Colin.