10/08/06 171 W - + 17 - 11 Raleigh's First Steamer


Found this description of Raleigh's first steam fire engine, as appeared in an 1870 newspaper: The engine has an upright tubular boiler, containing 315 inch and a quarter tubes, 16 inches long. Boiler and steam cylinder and covered with German silver. Dome and mouldings [sic] are Princess metal, smokestack German silver, all the iron work is polished; the pumps are cast, and gun metal and highly polished; air vessels and vacuum chambers are copper, burnished and surmounted with a handsome Princess metal signal lamp, side glass blue, with the words "Rescue 1" engraved thereon, back glass white, front light red, with the figure of a fireman descending a ladder with a child in his arms. Two handsome lamps, with side red and white glass, with the word "One" engraved. The front of the Engine is mounted with a Princess metal and German water-tank--brass rope reel--an iron hand tongue--hung on gum and valute [sic] springs--hind wheels 60 inches--front 54 inches--painted maroon striped with gold, blue and white, with a brake and two glass hand lamps.





  
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