North Carolina Hand Engines Database

This page is a catalog of all hand engines that served in North Carolina. Contact Mike Legeros to contribute or correct information.
 
Click a column heading to sort. Last updated August 26, 2012
 

Department County Year Description Notes Survived Source
Beaufort Carteret 1885, by Combination chemical / hand engine used.     Sanborn
Belhaven Beaufort 1911, by Two Rumsey hand engines used. Rumsey produced hand engines between 1860 and 1890.   Sanborn; HTJ
Charlotte Mecklenburg 1845, by Hand engine mentioned in city records. Hornet Fire Co., later used by Neptune Fire Co.   FD yearbook
Charlotte Mecklenburg 1866 Jeffers hand engine Hornet Fire Co., later used by Neptune Fire Co. More information. X HTJ; FD yearbook
Charlotte Mecklenburg 1885, by Hand engine used.     Sanborn
Clayton Johnston 1909, by Hand engine used.     Sanborn
Elizabeth City Pasquotank 1891, by Hand engine used.     Sanborn
Enfield Halifax 1899, by Hand engine used.     NCSFA
Fayetteville Cumberland 1885, by Two hand engines used. First hand engines purchased after 1831 fire.   FD Site
Graham Alamance 1904, by Hand engine used.     Sanborn
Greensboro Guilford 1849, after Hand engine used.     FD yearbook
Greensboro Guilford 1885, by Hand engine used. Unknown if same engine as after 1849.   Sanborn
Greenville Pitt 1896, by One Howe? combination hand fire engine used. 1899 NCSFA report lists same as hand engine made by Howe Pump and Engine Co., operated by Head Hawk Fire Company. Howe produced hand engines between 1872-1908.   Sanborn
Henderson Vance 1882 Two hand engines. W.W. Reavis gave Henderson its first fire truck and Colonel W.H.S. Burgwyn gave the second truck in 1882. The two fire trucks were hand operated by firefighters. The trucks had two long handles on both sides and when properly pumped they could produce a fire stream of 100 foot or better.   FD Site
Hickory Catawba 1885, by Hand engine used.     Sanborn
Laurinburg Richmond 1898, by Hand engine used.     Sanborn
Lenoir Caldwell 1895 Hand pump purchased. Hand reel also purchased that year.   FD Site
Milton Caswell 1899, by Hand engine, not in use.     NCSFA
Morehead City Carteret 1899, by Hand engine used.     NCSFA
Plymouth Washington 1899, by Hand engine used.     NCSFA
Raleigh Wake 1819 Hand engine purchased. Philadelphia-style   MJL
Raleigh Wake 1843 Hand engine purchased. Perseverance   MJL
Raleigh Wake 1853 Two hand engines purchased. Excelsior and Rescue   MJL
Raleigh Wake 1875 Rumsey and Company hand engine Victor Fire Company, referenced in 1890 annual report. Fire Company No. 1., later named Victor Fire Company, formed in 1868. Rumsey produced hand engines between 1860 and 1890.   MJL; HTJ
Salem Forsyth 1785 Two hand engines purchased . Purchased as a result of a fire one year earlier that destroyed the first Salem Tavern. The metal parts were purchased in Germany, and the wooden engines were built by town craftsmen. X Old Salem site

Old Salem brochure
Salisbury Rowan 1817 Hand engine First piece of firefighting equipment.   FD Site
Salisbury Rowan 1892, by Two hand engines used. Unknown if either from 1817.   NCSFA
Smithfield Johnston 1906 Howe hand pump Delivered 1906. Howe produced hand engines between 1872-1908.   MJL; HTJ
Tarboro Edgecombe 1886, by Hand engine used.     Sanborn
Warrenton Warren   Hand engine used.     EBFNC
Washington Beaufort 1885, by Two older hand engines used.     Sanborn
Washington Beaufort 1891, by Two new Rumsey hand engines used. Rumsey produced hand engines between 1860 and 1890.   Sanborn; MJL
Wilmington New Hanover 1843 Hunneman #221 Fire King Fire Company   HTJ
Wilmington New Hanover 1820 Hunneman #64     HTJ
Winston Forsyth 1849, after Hand engine purchased.     FD yearbook

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