Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/05

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Subject: [Leica] Sterling engine
From: at (Douglas Sharp)
Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2009 19:31:54 +0200
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Lovely piece of machinery Larry

Here's one for Trivial Pursuit players: John Ericsson also built the USS 
Monitor ironclad :-)

More on Rider Ericsson here:


Jim Nichols wrote:
> Very interesting, Larry.  Thanks for sharing.  Nice photo.
> Jim Nichols
> Tullahoma, TN USA
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Lawrence Zeitlin" 
> <lrzeitlin at>
> To: "Leica LUG" <lug at>
> Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 12:01 PM
> Subject: [Leica] Sterling engine
>> Most of us have read about Sterling engines but very few have 
>> actually seen
>> one. This is an 1890s era Sterling water pump engine snapped at an 
>> antique
>> farm machinery show. It runs on the waste heat from a small coal stove,
>> generates about one horsepower and pumps about two gallons of water a
>> minute. It is almost dead silent. Unfortunately it weighs about as 
>> much as a
>> Volkswagen. Far too heavy for a motorbike.
>> Larry Z
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