Waterous Engine Works Co.
Waterous Engine Works Company, of St. Paul, Inn., has been engaged in the manufacture of fire-fighting apparatus for over 25 years. For some years their principal product was the Manufacture of steam fire engines, but some years ago they took up the manufacture of gasoline fire engines and are the pioneer builders in that line of business. Flundreds of these engines are the sole reliance for fire protection by many of the smaller towns throughout this country. The Waterous company was also the first company in the United States to build a motor-propelled fire engine. This machine was sold to the Radnor Fire Company, Wayne, Pa., and has been in service there for the past five years, giving the best of satisfaction. This machine was built with two motors, one to propel the machine and one to drive the pump. The second machine built by the Waterous company was a 600-gallon, 90 horsepower, motor-driven fire engine for the city of Alameda, Cal. About 18 months ago the Waterous company built for the fire department of New York, one of their “Giant” motor-driven fire engines. This machine was fitted with a 6cylinder motor A. L. A. M. rating, 127 horsepower. The guaranteed capacity of this engine drafting water was 700 gallons per minute against a net pressure of 120 pounds, 1ml at the official test it pumped 744 gallons against a pressure of 128.3 pounds net. The lift in this instance was 14 feet and two lines of 2 1/2-inch hose with l 1/4-inch nozzles were used. Using 1,000 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose, 1 1/4-inch nozzle, 279.6 gallons were pumped with pump pressure of 230 pounds. Bridgeport, Conn., placed an order for a duplicate of the New York engine, and when delivered this engine, with a lift of 10 feet delivered through two lines of 2 1/2-inch hose, using 114-inch nozzles, 740 gallons against 135 pounds pump pressure, and with 1 1/4-inch nozzles the quantity of water pumped was 784 gallons. The Waterous line of motordriven fire apparatus includes the “Giant” with the “Waterous” patent 4-cylinder piston pump, combination pumping engines with hose wagon or body to carry 1,200 feet or more of fire hose and deliver from 500 to 700 gallons per minute; also triple combination machines, motor-driven hose wagon, chemical, etc.
Fire damaged a wooden business and tenement block on Lafayette street, Salem, Mass. The interior suffered most. The loss was $12,000