Captains hats

Captains hats

Circa 1865 model from Cocheco Engine Company #5, a.k.a. the “Rough & Ready” Company.  Their engine (an 1846 Hunneman model) was owned by the Cocheco Manufacturing Company and kept there. Cotton mills needed firefighting equipment close by at all times, and about 45 men, all volunteers, were members. They were paid by the City when called out, and #5’s 1865 payroll totaled $423.33.


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