MESSRS EDITORS—As many of your readers are interested in fire-engine matters, I send you an account of the performance of a new engine in this place. It was built for Ocean Engine Co., No. 3, by William Jeffers, Pawtucket, R. I. This engine has 10-inch cylinders, and 10-inch stroke. After the parade on the 7th inst. she was tried, with the following result:—Drawing her own water, and playing through 400 feet of hose, she threw a good solid stream 184 feet perpendicularly. This, for a new engine, manned by a new company, (many of them never having been on the brakes beforej), certainly speaks well for it. E. A. H. Springfield, Mass., November, 1857. [This certainly was a good performance, as 130 feet perpendicular hight, out of 100 feet of hose, is held to be excellent playing.—EDS.
This article was originally published with the title "New Fire-Engine Trial" in Scientific American 13, 12, 91 (November 1857)