Motoring Memorabilia

Kinsey family history

London Gazette, William Barns Kinsey

Rod's great grandfather, William Barns Kinsey, was recognised in the London Gazette for registering a patent on an engine in 1867.

Burton Kinsey winning the Durban-Johburg

Rod's father, Burton Kinsey, winning the Durban-Johburg in 1933 - The first man to do it in under 7 hours on nearly 400 miles of dirt road.

Collin Chapman and Jim Clark

Lotus ran the Grand Prix world in the 60's with Colin Chapman and Jim Clark.

Dave Collins

Dave Collins on the speedway.


Coventry Climax engine and water pump

Coventry Climax engine (left) and water pump (right).

Coventry Climax racing and firepump engine

Coventry Climax racing and firepump engine.

stationary engines

Stationary engines.

engine models

Engine models - left: 4-stroke petrol engine, middle: 4-stroke diesel engine, right: 2 stoke engine.

engine model

Model of a rotary engine.


The Nightingale Wreck On Munster Beach

the Nigthingale wreck on Munster Beach

The Nigthingale wreck on Munster Beach, and the Kinsey family.

the Nigthingale crank shaft

The Nigthinggale crank shaft at our museum.

An Irwin and Johnstone fishing vessel weighing 150 tons, it was wrecked off Munster on a clam moonlit night… presumably with engine trouble. It had a crew of 10 Zulu men with Captain Hoben in control. There was no loss of life. In fact, a crew member, who was a good simmer, went overboard and made his way to the police station off Marina Beach. The Nightingale was built in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1907 and powered by a twin cylinder steam engine. It is still on the rocks with the boiler. The crankshaft was brought up to the Kinsey residence many decades ago, with great difficulty, and now lies outside the Museum.

Titanic 14/04/1912

Titanic model

On her maiden voyage from Southhampton New York, the ‘unsinkable’ ship sailed into an iceberg at 22 knots (40.7 kmph). This caused a 300 ft gash in the great ship’s 883 ft hull. Within 6 hours the 66 000 ton Titanic sank. 611 people were saved, 1513 died in one of the world’s most epic disasters.

Steam Dacht Argonaut

Steam Dacht Argonaut model
Steam Dacht Argonaut plates

The Dacht was built in 1879 wand sank when it collided with the SS Kingswell in dense fog on 20/09/1908. One report said that all 20 passengers and 140 crew were saved, where another report stated that 5 had lost their lives. The wreck lies upright in 32 meters of water and is a popular dive site in the Dover Straights. These plates were found by David and Kerry in their first home in England.

Stanta Maria

Santa Maria model

Santa Maria is well known all over the world as the flagship of Christopher Columbus on which he on August the 3rd, 1492 sailed from Palos in the southwest of Spain. After having visited the Canary Islands he crossed the Atlantic in 36 days and discovered America on October 12th, 1492. The waterline of Santa Mari is 21,3m and the depth is 3m.

Bismark 27/05/1941

Bismark model

Bismark model

After an intensive naval manhunt and battle to sink the formidable ship, a Royal navy wire and wood Fairley Swordfish torpedo bomber damaged the steering gear. While an HMS Belfast and HMS Rodney plus other naval vessels finished the job, sinking one of the greatest and most notorious battleships of all time. Her armament included eight 380mm cannons.


shipping artefacts
shipping artefacts
shipping artefacts
ship wheel