Tiger to make an appearance on Old Hallowell Day

Among the various Hallowell community groups and organizations participating in the city’s yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary is the Hallowell Fire Department. Chief Mike Grant recently announced plans for the “Tiger”, the department’s antique hand pumper tub, to undergo restoration in time for an appearance and working demonstration on Old Hallowell Day (July 21, 2012).

Funds from the Hallowell Firemen’s Association Trust will be used for this project. It will commence as soon as the Tiger to be safely towed to South Gardiner, where Rob Saucier will overhaul the pump and replace a seal that failed during a “firemen’s muster” in 1995. The Trust is also purchasing a custom trailer so that the Tiger can be safely and suitably transported to other events.
“Our intent is to pull the tub in the Old Hallowell Day/250th Anniversary Celebration parade by hand— with the help of a few willing citizens, because it’s hard work!” Grant explained. The restored Tiger will be displayed afterwards at the boat landing south of downtown Hallowell.  Grant’s crew looks forward to again being able to demonstrate pumping a 60-80 foot stream of water from the Tiger, which was one of the two hand engines comprising the Hallowell Fire Department for years after it came into service in 1836.
A 1940 photograph shows Hallowell Fire Department members competing with the Tiger at a "firemen's muster". ( Hallowell Fire Department photograph)
The vintage banner of the Hallowell Firemen's Association features a tiger, also the nickname of their 1836 hand pumper tub that will be restored to working order this year. (Nancy McGinnis photograph)