[The ready and alert position of the tool wagon of the steam fire engine of the Fire Brigade]
Title translated from album caption.
Captioned in Ottoman Turkish and French.
In album: Fire Brigade personnel and equipment, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire.
Forms part of: Abdul-Hamid II Collection (Library of Congress).
Steam Machines, Engines, Locomotives. In 1781 James Watt patented a steam engine that produced continuous rotary motion. Watt's ten-horsepower engines enabled a wide range of manufacturing machinery to be powered. The engines could be sited anywhere that water and coal or wood fuel could be obtained. By 1883, engines that could provide 10,000 hp had become feasible. The steam engine was one of the most important technologies of the Industrial Revolution.