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Fire float, 1909
Fire float, 1909
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Brief Description: Huntley & Palmers fire float and firemen
Subject Date: 1909
Full Description: The factory's situation on the River Kennet gave a ready-made water supply. Over 600 yards of buildings fronted the river and in 1904 the Merryweather fireboat was acquired. It was the first of its kind in the world and was hydraulically powered. Due to the low bridges around the factory, it measured only 4ft 6inches above the water line. The boat was propelled by water jets from the pumps and could throw jets of water over 80 feet. The engines and pumps on the float were run for a short period every day to ensure that they were in working order.
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Place: Huntley & Palmers Factory, Reading, Berkshire
Dimensions: Height: 15.2cm, Width: 20.3cm
Subject: social history, trade <food mfr>, fire services, transport <water>, building, object, fire float
Content Type: photograph
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1997.130.295
Unique ID: rm-rm-1997_130_295~1_252-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
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