Handtub Junction, USA
November Handtub of the Month
Hancock #128 - Ashburnham, Massachusetts
The Hancock was built in 1828 by the William Hunneman Co. of Boston, MA. It was the 128th engine built by the company and bears that number as it's serial number. The engine was originally deliver to Charlestown, Ma. and attended it's first muster while there in 1855. In 1870 the Hancock was sold to Reading , Ma.and in later it was sold to the Somerville, MA VFA for muster competition.
In 1897 the Hancock was sold to Ashburnham, MA where it has been ever since and compiled quite an impressive muster over the last 100 years. It has won the New England States Veteran Fireman's League class B Championship the following years. 1952, 1962, 1967, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989,1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998 for a total of 18 times including an unprecedented 9 years in a row. On September 13, 1981 at a muster in Salisbury, Ma the Hancock set a League record with a play of 283' 8".
If anyone as anything that they would like to add or has any photo's of the Hancock they would like to see on here, please email me or mail it to:
Handtub Junction, USA, PO Box 359, Southborough, MA 01772
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