11/24/06 111 W, 1 I - + 14 - 13 Hand Engine Proficency

How quickly could hand engines be put to work, back in the day? From an 1883 newspaper account: "The Victor with twelve men at the engine made a run of 470 yards [ a quarter mile ], laid 300 feet of hose and had a stream of water on the imaginary fire in five minutes. The engine started from the intersection of West Martin and South Salisbury streets at 7:34:30 p.m. At 7:36:30 the hose reel reached the cistern at the intersection of West Lenoir and South Salisbury streets; at 7:37:00, 300 feet of hose had been laid and the nozzle attached; at 7:38:00 the engine arrived, and at 7:39:30 had a stream of water upon the fire."

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