I forgot I had been messing around with my Nikon earlier in the week and had it set to record 60fps slow motion, without sound, when I was shooting video at the Westerly Firemen's Muster. I was alternating between the Nikon and a GoPro and had another GoPro on a clamp recording constantly, so this isn't one of my really huge blunders. The footage is actually kind of cool, and it will probably be useful.
Here is the Senator Baxter of Bath, Maine. I love getting video of long haired people pumping, and Justin and Ron do not disappoint! They look like a couple of Wookies in slow motion.
The Senator Baxter is a Button fire engine, built in Waterford, New York by the company Lysander Button founded alongside the Erie Canal. It's serial number 456 and has two 10 inch cylinders. Senator Baxter is an A class machine, and it's the oldest A class competing in the New England States Veteran Firemen's League. It is a side stroke, or piano style, machine, and holds a larger crew than a B class machine.
The machine was delivered to Little Falls, New York in 1857 where it was named the General Herkimer for a Patriot General who died in the Revolution. It was later sold to St. Johnsville, New York where it was known as the Mohawk Chief. In 1900 the machine went to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and was called the True W. Priest after a beloved local Civil War hero and handtub mustering enthusiast. In 1919 it was sold to Bath, Maine and renamed the Senator Baxter.
The handtub was named for then State Senator Percival Proctor Baxter, who later became the 53rd Governor of the State of Maine. Percival Baxter was well known in the 19 teens and 20s as an outspoken anti-Ku-Klux-Klan Republican. He personally donated over two hundred thousand acres of land to create Baxter State Park. Baxter said "Man is born to die. His works are short-lived. Buildings crumble, monuments decay, and wealth vanishes, but Katahdin in all its glory forever shall remain the mountain of the people of Maine." #firefighting #maine #baxter #katahdin #history #handtub #nesvfl #fireengine #apparatus #bathmaine #sport #tradition #machine #antique #historicpreservation #video #nikon #slowmotion #muscle