1834 Pumper
Description
Media Type
Object
Description
Hand-drawn and hand-operated gooseneck pumper with four wheels. Made of wood and metal, painted red. The curved ("gooseneck") shape of the water pipe (leading from the top of the wooden housing of the air chamber) allowed for easier maneuvering of the water stream.
"This pump was made by James Smith of New York. It required 16 men to work the pump handles and was nicknamed the "Man Killer". Water was supplied by the water wagon, bucket brigade, or it could draw water from a well with the leather suction hose."
N.F.D.

Notes
The Niagara Fire Department purchased this early apparatus in 1834. This hand pump engine was probably one of the first hand pumpers built by James Smith of New York City. Between 1810 and the 1860s, Smith manufactured close to 500 hand pumpers.
Date of Publication
1834
Subject(s)
Local identifier
FHM00011; FHM00011; FHM00012; FHM00013;
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
Location of Original
Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Hall Museum
2 Anderson Lane
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 ‎
Contact
Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
Email
Website
Agency street/mail address
10 Anderson Lane P.O. Box 430
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
905-468-2023
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1834 Pumper


Hand-drawn and hand-operated gooseneck pumper with four wheels. Made of wood and metal, painted red. The curved ("gooseneck") shape of the water pipe (leading from the top of the wooden housing of the air chamber) allowed for easier maneuvering of the water stream.
"This pump was made by James Smith of New York. It required 16 men to work the pump handles and was nicknamed the "Man Killer". Water was supplied by the water wagon, bucket brigade, or it could draw water from a well with the leather suction hose."
N.F.D.