Rusty but interesting stationary engines on Suffolk coast

Posted by Chris Graham on 14th December 2022

John Webber reports on a trip to Aldeburgh, and the discovery of a number of rusty but interesting stationary engines.

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Rusty but interesting stationary engines; This 5½hp Petter (s/n 3193543), possibly a type AVA1, was one of the better engines we discovered on Aldeburgh beach.

Recently my wife and I took a short break in Aldeburgh, which is a charming town on the Suffolk coast. While walking along the stony beach, we came across a number of large sheds from which fishermen were selling fresh fish, shell fish, crabs and lobsters etc; a lovely sight to see these days.

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Here we see the same Petter from the other side.

In between these sheds I noticed some ‘rusty iron’ covered with planks and plywood which, to me, looked interesting and so warranted a closer look. What I found was the remains of several old engines, some complete with their winches in-situ. It was obvious that they had been used to pull small fishing vessels back up onto the stony beach on their return from fishing trips.

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This Lister LD type, (s/n 4351 LD29), is seen here still belted to the winch that it had obviously powered for many years.

Many of the engines were too far-gone to photograph in any detail, although I did manage to get passable photos of a few of the better survivors, some complete with marine Lister twin-cylinder engines attached. The makers’ name plates were difficult to read; hopefully the details I took are correct. In addition to the engines, there were several old wooden-hulled fishing boats lain around, slowly decaying.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any sign of a maker’s plate on this twin-cylinder engine.

A little further along the beach we came across a completely enclosed wooden structure with an exhaust and silencer sticking out from one side; sadly I wasn’t able to see what lurked within!

Alas, we were unable to see what was hidden inside this particular shed.

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