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Babcock & Wilcox proposal to the Seth Thomas Clock Company, 1938

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February 15, 2010
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Dan,

I have a customer in Thomaston CT, They have a boiler house that has three Bigelow Boilers with Ray oil burners. (The building was once Seth Thomas Clocks, a lot of history in the building) Running on #6 fuel oil. The boilers and burners are in the 1920-1930 era. They are still original and still run. They are steam firetube boilers with brick fireboxes. They use the steam for a platting operation and for heating the building. They are the biggest and oldest I have ever seen. I preform service for the company when the boilers go down or need adjustment. Another company does the annual cleaning of the fire tubes. They are currently converting the building to gas unit heaters.
When I first started servicing the boilers the maintenance man brought me to a file cabinet in the boiler room. He said we had to go to the classic literature section. There I found a Ray oil burner manual. I use this for setting up damper linkage and oil pump pressures.

Anyway. I was at the facility on Friday looking for the Ray Burner manual and I came across an original copy estimate from the Babcock & Wilcox Co( 85 Liberty ST New York, NY). dated 1938 for boiler replacement with coal firing. It was on onion paper and still in great shape. I had the maintenance man make me a photo copy and I have scanned the image and wanted to give you a copy.

Gary Pelletier
Pelletier Mechanical Services

(Thanks, Gary! - D.H.)