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ED Hollowell commented on James Michael Dickinson's blog post The Ford's, the Merlins and Maurice Olley
"I first became aware of Ford's involvement in the production of the Merlin from the book "The Fords, An American Epic" By Peter Collier and David Horowitz. In that book the reason for Ford not building the Merlin was made plain. Henry…"
Nov 1, 2020

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The Ford's, the Merlins and Maurice Olley

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:44pm 1 Comment

Origins of Ford Aero and Tank Engines, the American Merlin, and the writings of Maurice Olley.

 Before the entry of the United States in the Second World War, the U.S. had become a supplier of war materials to those countries with similar governmental outlooks. Our then President, Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that the U.S. was “The Arsenal of Democracy”. 

One of our major customers was Great Britain, who, for a number of reasons, decided to have their very successful…


Another One Saved From The Axe

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 9:20pm 0 Comments

Two weeks ago, in a some what involved transaction, my much altered and somewhat deteriorated 1979 Squire Shop hull ended up in the ownership of Gary and Christie Laws and I came out of the deal with the totally rotten 1963 Tahoe Miss.

While this may seem to be of some question, I have always wanted a round bow Hydroplane. The Tahoe Miss has been out in the…


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