Steam fire engine, 1840.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
This watercolour drawing by G Pooley shows the first steam fire engine built in the United States. It was constructed in New York in 1840 by Paul R Hodge and was capable of expelling up to 1000 gallons (4500 litres) of water per minute to a height of 166 feet (50 metres). This drawing, one twelfth of the scale of the actual engine, was made in the same year to authenticate its accuracy and was signed by Hodge himself.