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Cape Breton Builder
07-17-2005, 05:42 PM
Don't know if this is the right place, but I would like to tap the great minds here.
I have been given an old Bilge Pump and would like more information on it if possible. It's 28" high and 8" around main body.
Any ideas? Age?


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Paul Scheuer
07-17-2005, 06:18 PM
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Bill Perkins
07-17-2005, 06:31 PM
I think Lunenburg Foundary makes new ones .Maybe you'd get lucky and they'rd be a crossover gasket set .

Peter Malcolm Jardine
07-17-2005, 08:43 PM
This bilge pump is apparently made by the Callander Forge which was a company which cast various things including some marine hardware. I don't know much about the company. Everything I have seen from them, which is very few pieces, have been VERY well made, and usually built like a brick sheit house. This pump seems to be no exception. The first pieces I ever saw from them were a pair of rear cleats on my fathers 1946 Lachance Bros Sedan cruiser. They were a brilliant design, and beautifully cast. You should be able to make a set of leather up for that pump yourself with a little fussing. Good find.

My sense is (after dogpiling this name) is that Callander Ontario may have well been involved. They were a railway town at the turn of the century, which would lead one to believe that forging and casting would be an offshoot industry. The town is located near North Bay Ontario.

[ 07-17-2005, 09:56 PM: Message edited by: Peter Malcolm Jardine ]

Bob Cleek
07-17-2005, 08:44 PM
Never heard of that brand. It looks to be a standard bronze bilge pump. That's eight inches in circumference, right? If you can get it freed up and cleaned, it should provide good service. You should be able to find leathers for it, or make your own. Wilcox Crittenden probably has them in that size. Or, if you are really lucky, it may be a leatherless model. In that case, all you need is some flax packing around the plunger.