On Saturday, October 19, the fire department of West Hoboken. N. J., under the direction of Chief John McManagle. tested the engine delivered to the city by the Combination Ladder Company, of New York City and Providence The engine is a “Providence Special” of the second size, Amoskeag type improved, a perfectly proportional piece of apparatus handsomely finished. At 120 pounds steam pressure, the water pressure was 240 pounds, a figure that was maintained at every stage. Chief McManagle and Commissioner Bollinger were more than pleased with results, as the Chief said: “The prettiest thing in Jersey andthrows the prettiest stream.” Mr. Richardson, president of the Combination Ladder Company, received warm congratulations from visiting chiefs, many of them declaring that the new engine ran remarkably smoothly, and delivered the water in steady, efficient streams Following are the results of the tests:
First.—Two lines, 250 feet each, 1 1/8 nozzle, 800 gallons.
Second.—Two lines, 250 feet each, 1 1/4-inch nozzle, 900 gallons.
Third.—One line, 250 feet, 1 1/2-inch nozzle, 000 gallons.
Fourth.—Water tower aerial ladder, 1 1/2-inch nozzle, 650 gallons.
This engine is an improved design of the Amoskeag type embodying some important changes tending to greater efficiency, especially in quick steaming. From the results shown in the above tests it will be seen that in this respect, as well as for sustained power and pumping capacity, the engine fulfilled these important requirements with much satisfaction to the local officials and visiting chiefs.
Following is a report of the test in the Hoboken Observer of October 21:
“West Hoboken’s new steamer, recently arrived in the town, was tested on Saturday afternoon, with a big crowd of officials and civilianlooking on. The test pleased them all. and the apparatus will undoubtedly be accepted by the Town Council at its next meeting. It proved to be three times as efficient as the old steamer. The test was made on Washington street, about half way down the block from Palisade avenue Only members of the paid fire department had anything to do with the operations of the machine, the manufacturer’s employes turning it over to Fireman Al. Raimond, of Neptune Engine Comnany, as soon as thev had it properly started. Fire officials from adjoining municipal ities were particularly interested, and after the test pronounced the apparatus an excellent one One of the performances through which the steamer was put brought into play the water tower on Columbia Hook and Ladder Company’s truck. The stream was directed across the reservoir. and reached a distance of one hundred and ten feet from the top of the tower. The breeze blew rather briskly at times, and some of the spectators were deluged with spray. With a nozzle OIH and three eighths inches in diameter the apparatus threw a two hundred anil sixtylive loot stream. In another instance, with five hundred feet of hose hookedup to it. and a twoinch nozzle, it carried one hundred anil eighty feet. The pumps forced nine hundred and ninety-four gallons of water througn the hose lines in h single minute. It was tried with two streams, one and a quarter inch nozzles hooked on, and two hundred and eighty pounds of water pressure. and one hundred and twenty-five pounds of steam. The vacuum pumping part of the apparatus was also tested, and when the pressure plates connectedwith it were unscrewed, it readily pulled them into place, even when held several inches away. These plates are of steel, and weigh about ten pounds apiece. The suction drew them as readily as a powerful magnet would have. Mayor Cnarles A. Mohn and the other members of the Town Council were on hand at the invitation of Councilman Charles Bollinger, chairman of the Fire Committee. Besides them were Fire Commissioner Morrison and several of his associates from Jersey City; former Fire Chief Applegate and former Captain Greene, both of Hoboken, Members of the Board of Fire Underwriters also witnessed the showing. Besides Raimond. Firemen Roser, McHugh, Dunleavy and Tuttle, of Neptune Engine Company; McCartney, Jenkins, Conner and Woerster, of Columbia, and Schurr, of Friendship Company, participated in the operations. None of the volunteers had any hand in the tests. The paid firemen worked like trained men. and aroused considerable favorable comment.”