Thursday, March 29, 2018

Old Johnson Sea Horse Outboard Motor


This is an oldie but goodie. It was found in Cross Creek in the barn/garage of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the famous author of "The Yearling," a novel that received international acclaim way back in the late 1930s (1938). It was made into a movie in 1946 starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman (the first wife of Ronnie Reagan).

I don't expect that there are very many of these old motors around anymore and it's doubtful that this one works, but it's an icon of my childhood.  I motored around many lakes in Minnesota in boats powered by Johnson Sea Horse outboard motors.

A few years ago I posted some photos of Ms. Rawling's home, and I intend to post a few more in the days ahead.

10 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um belo pormenor.
Um abraço e desejo-lhe uma Boa e Santa Páscoa.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

RedPat said...

It looks like some type of old washing machine to me, Lowell! ;-)

Sharon Anck said...

Even though I grew up on the Mississippi River, I know little about boats and motors. My father was not a sportsman of any kind so we didn't get exposed to those kinds of things.

William Kendall said...

Very old fashioned. I'd have no idea how it would work.

Taken For Granted said...

That is a fine looking antique outboard motor. I have seen ones like it in museum collections. Would be fun to have one rebuilt and in working condition. Makes for a great photo

bill burke said...

I agree with Pat. I thought it was a mini washing machine by the shape of it.:) It's definitely a fine looking antique and a wonderful photo subject.

magiceye said...

Nostalgia strikes! Not me as have never had a boat nor an outboard motor :)

Kay said...

Even my semi-antique dear husband, ancient mariner, hasn't used one of these. So it must be pretty old.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

I would love to se the Rawlings home again. I have a cookbook by her.

Janis
GDP

Kate said...

This is really quite a find. Summer would not be summer in Minnesota without boats and recreational boating! I always loved speed boats, but the craft of our choice has always been a canoe. Am very fond of rivers, especially the St Croix. We spent many happy summers there with our children and our friends. Isn't nostalgia wonderful?!

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