Lambton Heritage Museum

proudly presents

'The Reliable to the Rescue'

by Maria Gotz

Reliable to the Rescue

The Reliable to the Rescue” represents the 1874 Amoskeag steam pumper arriving at the scene of one of the many oil refinery fires that the Petrolia Fire Department had to contend with in the early years. The Reliable Fire Company were among the first firefighters in Canada that faced the challenge of extinguishing large scale petroleum fires. The fire company borrowed the name Reliable from the Petrolia oil well of the same name. The 1874 Amoskeag was the third in a series of steam pumpers used in Petrolia. It was purchased from the city of London, Ontario in 1882 for $2472. In London it was known as the Phoenix #2. The earlier Shand Mason and Co. pumper was still in use with the Andes Fire Company of Petrolia but another pump was needed to provide protection to the town with the frequent refinery fires. The pumpers got their water from strategically placed buried tanks until 1896 when the standpipes and hydrants supplied by the Petrolia Waterworks provided water from Lake Huron. In 1872 Petrolia offered a flat fee of $8 for the first team arriving at the fire hall to draw the engine to and from the fire. The horses were disconnected immediately upon arriving at the fire and lead away to safety. Steam pressure would already be building up in the boiler from the fire which would have been burning before even leaving the hall.



The Lambton Heritage Museum is pleased to make available prints of the recently-commissioned acrylic oil painting by Maria Gotz, featuring the 1874 Amoskeag.

Quality 'giclee' prints are now offered for sale printed on premium cotton rag paper.

A cheque payable to the Lambton Heritage Museum should accompany each order. Payment is also available by Visa or MasterCard by telephone order to the museum.


Print Choice

A)$200 + HST =$226.00-Paper Print,Double Mat with black or brown frame.

14"x 18" paper print hand signed by the artist


 B)$130 + HST=$146.90-, black or brown frame.

11"x 14.5" paper print hand signed by the artist


Please add $20 for mailing anywhere in Canada.

-Shipping available to the USA and beyond at the actual cost-


Payment available by Visa or Mastercard by telephone to the Museum or

Make cheques payable to:

Lambton Heritage Museum

10035 Museum Road, RR #2, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

Telephone 519-243-2600   Fax 519-243-2646


-The original painting can be seen at the museum during regular hours-

Petrolia Ontario Fire Chief Amoskeag

Petrolia Fire Chief Lawrence Swift and Lambton Heritage Museum Curator L.Webb unveil the original at the Lambton County Fire Chiefs meeting in Inwood, Ontario.

1874 Amoskeag Steam Fire Pumper

Quality Custom Framed by

Baillie's Picture Framing Inc.

22 - 81 Crescent, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0


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