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Handtub of the Month  -  March 2023
Vixen  -  Derry, New Hampshire
The Vixen was built by Gleason & Bailey of Seneca Falls, New York in 1895. The Vixen was one of 3 engines that was built specifically for muster competition and never fought fires. The other 2 were the Gardner #4 (Button #675) and the White Angel (Button #746). As a result of this the NESVFL created a rule that only engines built prior to Jan. 1, 1896 could compete in the league events.
The Vixen was delivered new in 1895  to Lowell, MA Veteran Firemen's Association. In 1903 it was sold to the Somersworth, NH VFA. From there it went to Salmon Falls, NH. By 1926 it had arrived in Berwick, Maine where it achieved it's greatest success. It won the League Championship 5 times starting in 1926. It also won the title in 1931, 1935, 1938 and 1946.
In 1974 it went to Newburyport Ma and on August 30, 1975 at a muster in Essex, MA it set a new league record of 279' 1/2" which it held till June 24, 1978. It 1976 the Vixen went to Derry, NH where it still is today.
The Vixen has attended 282 musters  winning 15, finishing 2nd 13 times and 3rd 13 times. It has won $14,850 in in prize money over it's muster career.

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