Waterous Engine Test.
The Pacific Coast Fire Supply company, of Seattle, Wash., has furnished Port Angeles, Wash., with a Waterous gasoline fire engine, which that city has accepted after a satisfactory series of severe tests, both at the City dock and on the hill. At the dock a line of 650 ft. of hose was laid, and in exactly nine seconds after the engine had been started water was draughted from the bay—a straight lift of 19 ft., and a solid stream was thrown 123 ft. through a ⅞-in. smooth nozzle under a water pressure of 105 lb. and against a stiff wind. At the second test— Through two lines of hose with ¾-in. nozzles and the same 19-ft. lift—streams were thrown 120 ft. A 2-hours’ endurance test was also made, with the same lift, during which time the engine neither slipped nor shut down, and a solid stream was thrown through a ⅞-in. smooth-bore Eastman nozzle, with the water pressure never below 105 lb. A fourth test was made from a hydrant, the pressure being 150 lb. A vertical stream was thrown 105 ft.; horizontal, 167 ft., the ⅞-in. Eastman nozzle being again used. On being subjected to a test on the Hill, the hydrant-pressure was increased from 35 to 140 lb., and 2 powerful streams were thrown through two ¾-in. nozzles. The engine was then connected with a hydrant higher up at the hospital, and the pressure was increased from 25 to 135 lb. The engine easily threw a solid stream through a 1-in. nozzle. The engine will be stationed on the Hill, and the council will have two lines of 2j4-in. iron pipe laid from both docks to Front street, the pipes to have standard 254-in. fire hose connections. Salt water will be pumped from the bay, when required, through these pipe-lines.