A steam fire engine recently built by Messrs. Reany, Neafie & Co., of Philadelphia, Pa., for a hose company in that city, is stated to have given great satisfaction, and is designed for city use. In Cincinnati, steam fire engines and no others, we understand, guard the city from conflagrations. In New York, although prizes have been awarded for such machines by the city authorities, no such effective fire wardens have yet been added to the fire department. Mr. R. Pook, the naval archictect, in Boston, is laying down the lines of an iron sailing vessel of about 450 tuns for Captain R. B. Forbes, as an experiment against a wooden sailing vessel. We hope this vessel will be more successful than the iron steamer lately , built in Boston for the Pasha of Egypt.
This article was originally published with the title "Steam Fire Engines" in Scientific American 13, 24, 188 (February 1858)