British seagull Outboard motors in WW2
Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:44 PM
I have restored several WW2 seagull outboards, and currently own 2 of them. Does anybody have any experience of these outboards in service, and in particular any photos showing them in use?
It is known that they were issued to Royal Engineers, for use on Folding Boats and small rafts, pontoons etc. However no photos have ever been found of a seagull motor actually in use during the war. Any document, photos or stories would help to fill a gap in what seagull enthusiasts understand.
It is thought they were used in Burma, and in Europe. They were delivered from 1942 to 1946, and transported in wooden crates.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:11 PM
Could you possibly post photos of the engines.
Seagull Outboard Motor information for identification, maintenance, spare parts
Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:31 PM
There are photographs of them in use on plywood stormboats in both the Seine River Crossing and the Rhine Crossing. Otherwise it is difficult to see propulsion methods on rafts etc.
I dont have any photos but the IWM site probably has them available for downloading.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:32 PM
I think I remember some wartime pictures but have to look them up.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:34 PM
Have you looked at the Imperial War Museum website and looked through their image collection?
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:52 PM
There's a lot of images and references in this thread.
Perhaps something may be of use to you.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:07 PM
This is not a seagull but .....
Edited by TiredOldSoldier, 01 July 2012 - 06:18 PM.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:50 PM
Another seagull enthusiast has done a huge amount of searching through archives etc. but I thought I would ask here as there are people here who actually used them in service. It would be interesting to hear any tales, good or bad about these engines.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:17 PM
Posted 30 September 2012 - 04:31 PM
Still looking for that elusive photo of a wartime seagull in use. Any more stories as to where and how they were used?
Sorry that this is a quick scan of a bad photocopy, but it shows the Seagull in use. It is from a Ministry of Supply Pamphlet called, `Outboard Motor Set "Seagull" Mark II.
`Studying Engineers In WWII'
Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:12 PM
I think that is actually the first one I have seen of an army seagull engine in use.
Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:05 PM
A short shaft example never let him down.
Posted 02 June 2013 - 10:59 PM
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