04/30/09 153 W, 1 I - + 16 - 22 Washington Steam Fire Engine

Reporting from the road. Here’s the steamer once operated by Washington’s Ocean Steam Fire Engine Company. The 1888 Silsby (#899) was rebuilt by American in 1902 after fighting a large waterfront fire. With flames about to overrun the engine, firemen pushed it into the sound. The steamer stayed on the river bottom for a week before being sent for repairs. It was placed in reserve by 1924, last fought fire at the Tayloe Hospital in 1937, and was subsequently used to steam oysters at department events. It’s presently displayed inside Washington's headquarters station. Other things to see include a collection of artifacts in the lobby, an 1855 alarm bell outside, the 1902 grave marker for fallen firefighter Edward Peed, and a 1912 American LaFrance pumper. Read more about WFD history. Or read more about North Carolina steam fire engines. More pictures coming. Click to enlarge: 

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