THE ERIE FIRE PUMPS
The accompanying illustration shows a type of duplex crank and fly-wheel fire pumps built by Thos. Manning, jr. & Co., of Cleveland, Ohio, and designed especially for towing and other boats where space is limited or where it is desirable to avoid excessive weighi. The steam cylinders are ten-inch bore and pumps six-inch: both having a common stroke of nine inches. The water end is made entirely of composition, and has a new arrangement of valves, which is simple, easy of access, and very effective. Heavy steel columns extend from base through the pumps, supporting the steam cylinders and firmly bracing the whole. In their construction no special effort is made towards finish except in the working parts—good fire duty being the main object in view. These pumps have been placed in the tugs America and Erie —both belonging to the Erie Tug Company, of Erie, Pa., and being of the largest and best class of lake harbor tugs ; and, with their practically unlimited boiler power, the best results are obtained. The tug company has a contract with the city whereby the services of the tugs are at the disposal of the fire department in case of fire in the vicinity of the harbor—at least one of them being at all times within call, through a system of signals agreed upon. Each boat is equipped with a Morse Monitor nozzle, four two and one-half-inch outside hose connections, and a suitable quantity of fire hose, besides a six-inch overboard suction used in pumping out and wrecking. An interesting test of the power of the pumps in the America was recently made at Erie, and witnessed by aity officials and others to whom the fire board had extended invitations, when two of Erie’s best fire engines, siamesed, were taken to the dock and pitted against the tug. The test was quite exciting and entirely satisfactory to all concerned . the America, however, proved a little too much for the engines.