Historical Society holding raffle for pumper engine tour

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 3:00pm

The Boothbay Region Historical Society is pleased to announce a second summer raffle opportunity. Imagine the joy and excitement of riding aboard a shiny red pumper engine fire truck. Surprise! It can happen, but only if you participate in this raffle.

One lucky winner and up to 7 companions will enjoy a private ride on Charlie Bamberg's beautiful 1957 International Pumper next summer. Your unforgettable two-hour tour may be scheduled on a date convenient for both you and Charlie between the end of May and Sept. 10, 2020.

What a great birthday idea for someone special! How about a unique thank you gift that truly shows your appreciation? Or use your tour to take in the beauty of our Boothbay region.

This handsome vehicle was built during the 50th year International produced trucks. She was then outfitted as a pumper engine by Trautweins & Sons Company of Woodbridge, New Jersey. The truck first saw service in Paramus, New Jersey, from 1957-1974. At the end of her reign there as Engine #4, she found herself headed for Maine, where she became a line truck, still Engine #4, with the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department for the next 22 years. Smithfield retired “Old No. 4” in 1997, and a private owner purchased her from a car dealership in Skowhegan, caring for her until 2010. She was then donated to Owls Head Transportation Museum to be part of their annual August auction where Charlie's successful bid won him what he refers to as his “1957 red convertible.” Charlie Bamberg's dear "old girl" is now housed in East Boothbay where she is meticulously cared for.

The Society thanks Charlie Bamberg for this donation made in recognition of Boothbay Region Historical Society’s mission to promote interest in the history of the Boothbay region and to preserve that history for future generations to enjoy.

The drawing will take place during Fall Foliage Days at the museum on Oct. 12. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and may be purchased at the Society’s museum or by sending a check and self-addressed stamped envelope to BRHS, P.O. Box 272, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538. For more information: 633-0820 or brhs@gwi.net