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John Ericsson 1828 Steam Fire Engine
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No: 40535   Contributor: Phil Bklyn   Year: 2017   Country: United States of America
John Ericsson 1828 Steam Fire Engine

John Ericsson 1828 steam driven fire engine
A bas relief plaque on the John Ericsson monument in NYC’s Battery Park. (July 17, 2017)

Other plaques show the USS Monitor, USS Princeton, his other inventions

From Ref #2 below “…Their steam-powered fire engine gained notoriety while fighting the “Argyll Rooms fire” in London, on a cold February night (in 1830), by outlasting all other fire engines on the scene by five hours.”

"... the first steam-powered fire engine, built in 1828. The London Fire Brigade rejected the invention as impractical, favoring their tried but largely ineffective hand-operated machinery.


3. Illustration of Ericsson's steam driven fire engine

4. History of steam driven fire engines -
< Popular Science Monthly‎ | Volume 47‎ | August 1895
(scroll down to August, then down to the 5th article. A good history of resistance by the vollies of the day to the intro of something new.

Phil, Bklyn
Picture added on 21 July 2017 at 11:12
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Is this on the monument? Or is it new? Nice picture anyway. John E came from "my" county in Sweden and our fire historical club have had an idea to build a replica or two. But we have not found the money yet. Look at

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