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Frederick Jaggi, President





The Steam Building

The George H. Corliss engine is out of the image at the bottom. From bottom to top the engines are; a William Harris, a pair of Armington-Sims, the Improved Greene, the Heavy-Duty William Harris, an American Ball, and at the top is the Fitchburg. You can see the triple-expansion Herreshoff at the left.

History of the Merriam Steam Building

Steam Engine Manufacturers in Rhode Island

Armington & Sims Engine Company, Eagle St, Providence
Corliss Steam Engine Company, Charles Street Railroad Crossing, Providence
Granger Foundry and Machine Company, Gaspee St., Providence
Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol
Nichols and Langworthy, Hope Valley (New York Safety Steam Power Company)
Providence Engineering Works, 521 South Main St., Providence (Improved Greene Engine, Rice & Sargent)
Providence Steam Engine Company, 373 to 379 South Main St., Providence
Rice & Sargent Steam Engine Company, Providence
William A. Harris Steam Engine Company, Corner of Park and Promenade St., Providence

People in the Steam Engine Business

Pardon Armington; J. C. Hoadley Company, Armington & Sims
George H. Corliss; Corliss Steam Engine Company
William A. Harris; Corliss Steam Engine Company, William A. Harris Steam Engine Company
Gardiner C. Sims; J. C. Hoadley Company, Armington & Sims, William A. Harris Steam Engine Company

Steam Engine Manufacturers in Massachusetts

B.F. Sturtevant, Hyde Park
Fitchburg Steam Engine Company, Fitchburg
Shipman Engine Company, Boston

Steam Engine Manufacturers in Connecticut

Baxter Steam Engine Company, Colt Arms, Hartford, CT

Steam Engines in the Merriam Steam Building

The following engines are in the Merriam Steam Building. All are connected to steam and runable except the Delameter Iron Works engine.

The horsepower rating of a steam engine depends on the bore, stroke, steam pressure, and engine RPM. The horsepower ratings listed below are for typical operation.

American Engine Company (American Ball), Bound Brook, NJ
    14" X 12", Horizontal, Slide Valve, 150 RPM, 125 HP, Circa 1905 (With GE Alternator)

Armington & Sims Engine Company, Eagle Street, Providence, RI
    12" X 12", Horizontal, Center Crank, 250 RPM, 75 HP, Circa 1888
    9.5" X 10", Horizontal, Center Crank, 300 RPM, 50 HP, 1883 (With Thomson-Houston Generator)

B.F. Sturtevant, Hyde Park, MA
    6" X 7", Model VS-7 Stoker Engine, Vertical (Inverted), Closed Crankcase, Circa 1910

Clark and Howard, Mexico, NY
    6" X 6", Vertical (Inverted), Flat Riding Cutoff Slide Valves, 15 HP, Circa 1885

Corliss Steam Engine Company, Providence, RI
   16" X 42", 15' Flywheel, Horizontal, Left Hand, Girder Frame, 80 RPM, 150 HP, Circa 1892

Delameter Iron Works, New York City, NY
    6" X 12", Horizontal, Slide Valve, Designed by Ryder, 20 HP, Circa 1870

Fitchburg Steam Engine Company, Fitchburg, MA
    14 1/2" X 28", Horizontal, Four Piston Valves, 150 RPM, 150 HP, Circa 1905

Granger Foundry and Machine Company, Providence, RI
    5" X 8", V Twin, Slide Valve, Circa 1870

Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, RI
    10", 15", 20" X 14, Vertical (Inverted), Piston Valve, 300 RPM, 385 HP, Circa 1904

Improved Greene Engine, Providence, RI
    Manufactured by Providence Steam Engine Company, Providence, RI
    17" X 36", 12' Flywheel, Horizontal, Left Hand, Girder Frame, 80 RPM, 150 HP, Circa 1895

Isbell-Porter, New York City, NY
    4.5" X 6", Horizontal, Slide Valve, Circa 1910

New York Safety Steam Power Company, NYC, NY
    Manufactured by Nichols and Langworthy, Hope Valley, RI
    9" X 8", Vertical (Inverted), Slide Valve, 150 RPM, 15 HP, Circa 1870
    8" X 9", Horizontal, Piston Valve, 225 RPM, 25 HP, Circa 1895

Sears Roebuck
    6" X 8", Vertical (Inverted), 150 RPM, 8 HP, Circa 1903

William A. Harris Steam Engine Company, Providence, RI
    15" X 42", 14' Flywheel, Horizontal, Left hand, Girder Frame, 80 RPM, 150 HP, Circa 1892
    16" X 30", 12' Flywheel, Horizontal, Right Hand, Tangye Base, 120, RPM, 190 HP, Circa 1911

William Baxter
    Manufactured by Colt Fire Arms Company, Hartford, CT
    7" X 8", Vertical, Slide Valve, ? RPM, 10 HP, Circa 1868  

Other Items in the Merriam Steam Building

The following steam related items are in the Merriam Steam Building.

Almond Company, Ashburnham, MA
    Noiseless Right Angle Drive, Circa 1884

The Bullock Electric Manufacturing Company 16 KVA Generator

Work Desk

Power Panels

Boiler Doors

Steam Engines in the Mayes Building

The following engines are in the Mayes building. None are connected to steam but compressed air is available.

Buckeye
    3 1/2" X 5", Cutaway Demonstration Engine, Piston Valve with Riding Cutoff

Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, RI
    2" X 3, Vertical (Inverted), Piston Valve, Circa 1900

Murphy Iron Works, Detroit, MI
    4" X 5", Two Cylinder Westinghouse Type, Vertical (Inverted), Single Acting, Circa 1910

Navy Launch Engine
    2 1/2", 5" X 5". Compound Vertical (Inverted), HP Piston Valve, LP Slide Valve, Stevenson Link

New York Safety Steam Power
    Manufactured by Nichols and Langworthy, Hope Valley, RI
        3 1/2" X 5", Vertical (Inverted), Slide Valve, Circa 1875

Orr and Sembauer, PA
    3" X 2 1/2", Vertical (Inverted), Slide Valve, Circa 1910

Rochester Machine Company, Rochester, NY
    2" X 2", Two Cylinder Westinghouse Type, Vertical (Inverted), Single Acting, Packaged Boiler, Gas Fired, Circa 1885

Shipman Engine Company, Rochester, NY
    Rochester Model
        2 1/2" X 3", One Cylinder, Vertical (Inverted), Single Acting, Rocking Valve, Circa 1880
        3" X 3", One Cylinder, Vertical (Inverted), Single Acting, Rocking Valve, Circa 1880
    Boston Model
        2 1/2" X 3", One Cylinder, Vertical (Inverted), Single Acting, Piston Valve, Porcupine Boiler, Circa 1885
        2" X 3", One Cylinder, Vertical (Inverted), Single Acting, Piston Valve,  Porcupine Boiler, Circa 1885

Tom Rick's Engine (Maker Unknown)
    4" X 10", 36" Flywheel, Lathe Bed Engine, Horizontal, Slide Valve, Circa 1850

Watertown Steam Engine Company, Watertown, NY
    4 1/2" X 6", Horizontal, Flat Slide Valve with Riding Cutoff, 15 HP, Circa 1870
 

Other Engines in the Collection

The following engines are part of the collection at the NEWSM, but are not in the Steam or Mayes buildings.

Ames Iron Works, "VIM"
    10" X 12", Cutaway Demonstration Engine, Horizontal, Slide Valve, Pickering Governor

B. W. Payne, Elmira, NY
    8" X 7", Horizontal, Slide Valve, Sawyer's Pickering Governor, Circa 1885
    Payne powered saw mill.
    Movie of the saw mill in operation.

Buffalo-Springfield Steam Macadam Roller, Circa 1918

Delameter Iron Works, New York City, NY
    10", Hot Air Engine, "Man Power Engine"

Erie City Iron Works, Erie, PA
    9" X 12", Horizontal, Center Crank, Slide Valve, Circa 1900

Improved Denny Hot Air Engine, Wilmington, PA
    8", Hot Air Domestic Water Pumping Engine, "Lady Power Engine"

Troy Engberg, PA
    6" X 7", RPM: 450, Vertical (Inverted), Piston Valve, Enclosed Crankcase, Circa 1940

Portable steam engine.

Boilers

Columbia 15 HP. Vertical Fire Tube, oil fired

Hamburg, 5 HP, Vertical Fire Tube, wood or coal fired (Retired)

McKenna, 20 HP, Horizontal Dry Back Scotch, oil fired (Retired)

Eclipse Lookout, 100 HP, Vertical Fire Tube, wood or oil fired
 


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