Steinway “piano” boats

In 1888 William Steinway, owner of Steinway Pianos, bought the north american rights to the otto engine  of Daimler. Bill figured that his wood workers could build a wood boat and the engines fitted in such a boat would make for a nice package.

By 1892 he was building a 42 footer and a 50 footer. There was a recession in 1893 and the boat building activity suffered. Then Bill Steinway died in early 1896.

The company then only continued along  for a bit as a non-on-going pace.

Daimler then pretty much threw out what he in engine making and selling and made a deal with a Mr. Jellinek, made a new deal and added the name of Jellinek’s daughter, Mercedes.

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