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Universal Marine Engines

Universal Motor Company

664 Universal Drive

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

This company advertised they have been building marine engines since 1898. Eventually Norseman Marine was a subsidiary company. The company was most known for the Atomic 4, a compact four-cylinder motor for inboard applications. It was very popular as a sailboat auxiliary motor. A range of models were made for Universal's Aqua-Pak V-Drive. Besides engines for propulsion, they made a range of motors for marine electrical plant applications. In 1956, Univeral bought the gasoline engine division of Nordberg Manufacturing Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, thereby adding to its line of 6-cylinder engines. This line was renamed by 1958 to Norseman Marine. The company stopped selling inboard/outboard drive packages in 1968 when Volvo stopped supplying outdrives, instead selling exclusively to Chrysler. They were packaged with a Buick V6 marine conversion, the Sabre/Super Sabre.

In 1961, Universal was bought by J. M. Nash Co. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

More history can be be found here: http://www.shadowmagic3d.com/BlackSwan/5uh.html

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