When US landing craft churned toward Normandy on D-Day morning, each was powered by a revolutionary diesel engine developed in a decade-long project overseen by Charles Kettering of General Motors. Based on the material in the Kettering archives and other primary sources, this book chronicles the development of the practical diesel engine and the impact of both diesel and heavy-duty gasoline engines on fisherman, towboats, and the Navy. Included is a discussion of how internal combustion supplanted steam in riverboats and a look at the Navy's adoption of internal combustion engines.
Diesel engines are installed in just about every yacht and in most large motorboats. This book explains how to prevent problems, troubleshoot and make repairs using safe techniques. It will help you save money on expensive bills for yard work you could do yourself. Diesels Afloat covers everything from how the diesel engine works to engine electrics, from fault finding to out of season lay-up. With this guide and your engine’s manual you can be confident in dealing with any problem, and get the best performance from your boat.
From the first internal combustion engine installation and the craft that took troops ashore on D-Day to the mid-1920s boom in recreational motorboating and beyond, this narrative presents a flawless history of the marine engine field. With an alphabetical listing of approximately 1,000 engine companies in the U.S. and Canada, this in-depth portrait also includes detailed information about founders and products, advice on the most desirable engines, tips on identifying unknown engines, and suggestions for independent research.