Hettinger Engine Company

Hettinger Engine Company engine plans, 1907–1916.
1 box (0.2 linear feet).
About Hettinger Engine Company

Hettinger Engine Company was located in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The company was a primary manufacturer of gasoline engines used in various boats and dredges in the Delaware Bay area. The company was founded by Bridgeton mechanic Henry Hettinger, who invented and built the Hettinger gasoline oyster dredge winding machine, and the Hettinger gasoline marine engine that were used extensively in the early 1900s along the East Coast. Just 23 in 1898 when he started the Hettinger Engine Company, the inventor manufactured the first gasoline engine built in Bridgeton. By then, he had already worked at two glass companies, apprenticed in a machine shop and gone on to work at two machine shops, including Oberlin Smith’s Ferracute Machine Works. Hettinger invented and then manufactured several machines used in canning, and built a four-cylinder engine and airplane in 1909. Active in the community, Hettinger was noted for the time and effort be put into the Liberty Loan and the Red Cross campaigns during World War I.

About the collection

211 original engineer’s technical drawings for marine engines manufactured between 1907 and 1916 by the Hettinger Engine Company. The ink drawings are on drafting linen and paper and fully identified as to their use and content. Most of the drawings measure approximately 11 1/2″ x 16″ with the remainder of varying smaller sizes.

Subjects
  • Marine engines
Types of material
  • Schematic drawings
Reference files
  • Bridgeton [does vertical file have any connection to collection?]
  • Hettinger Engines
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