This pumper is a combination of a 1904 steam powered pumping engine married to a 1918 American LaFrance tractor. Such combinations were common as the age of gasoline-engine propelled vehicles took hold and began to replace horse-drawn vehicles. In an effort to prolong the working life of existing steam-fired pumps, companies like American LaFrance retrofitted gas-engines to the pumpers to create self-propelled fire engines. The original Vesuvius was one of the earliest such vehicles and was used to fight The Great Boston Fire of 1872.
Specifications: 105 hp, 885 cubic-inch, 6-cylinder in-line engine. Weight: 15,000 pounds. Pumping capacity: 1,000 gallons per minute.
On loan from William Ruger
Restored by Firefly Restoration