Steam fireboats, 19th century

Steam fireboats, 19th century

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Caption: Steam fireboats, attending a fire on the River Thames, in London, UK. By 1900 there were some 40 of these fireboats operating. They were capable of pumping 4500 litres of water per minute from the river to fight fires. They were powered by steam engines that drew their water supply direct from the river. The fireboat at left is named the 'Antelope'. Artwork from the seventh volume (first period of 1891) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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