PITTSBURGH’S NEW WATER TOWER.
Pittsburgh, Pa., has added a new Champion water tower to its fire department. This piece of apparatus, which recent destructive experiences in the Smoky City has rendered an absolute necessity, was supplied by the Fire Extinguisher Manufacturing company, of Chicago, and was recently successfully tested in presence of Director of Public Safety J. O Brown, J. Guy McCandless, president of common council, Miles S. Humphreys, chief of the fire department, and many other civic officials. The test was in charge of Chief Humphreys, assisted by Assistant Chiefs Hennigan, Steele, and McKinley, and E. J. Mitchell, manager of the Chicago Fire Extinguisher Manufacturing company. Two fire engines were attached to the siamesed hose lines, that fed the four-inch hose, which in its turn was connected with the tower’s sixteen-inch iron pipe. The engines were a first-size Metropolitan and a secondsize Amoskeag. They worked under a full head of steam. The nozzle of the pipe was raised sixty-five feet above the ground, and the rush of water through the tower was at the rate of 1,800 gallons a minute through the smaller nozzle, and 2,500 through the two and one-half-inch nozzle. The direction of the stream was easily governed, and the water was thrown in any direction without any difficulty. On the truck of the water tower there are also two Babcock turrets, capable of throwing a 150-foot Btream. These are operated in much the same manner as the turret guns on board a battleship. There was also attached to the tower a combination truck, consisting of a turret nozzle, hose attachments, and two ladders, all of which, with the Babcock turrets, were satisfactorily tested. There were in all four engines —two being larger than those previously mentioned, but all the same makes These were also attached to the tower. Chief Humphreys continued the test until dark, and, after it was over, he said he was more than satisfied with the work done by the new apparatus.
A full page cut of the Champion water tower accompanies this article.