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Contributed photo Bruce Trudgen, an engineering authority on the Naphtha Launch, will present information about the Naphtha Launch watercraft (above) on August 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Presentation on the Naphtha Launch planned for August 5

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Slipping along the sparkling waterways of America in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Naphtha Launch watercraft was a unique feature on the water - it was propelled by boiling gasoline.

The history of this fascinating watercraft and its engine will be featured during a special presentation on Thursday, August 5 at 7 p.m. at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria.

The presenter is Bruce Trudgen, an engineering authority on the Naphtha Launch.

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