The first place winners of the Bath Heritage Days Fireman’s Muster, Bath’s Sen. Baxter and Quansigamog teams, celebrate their victory in front of the 1856 Sen. Baxter engine. (Hannah LaClaire / The Times Record) BATH — A cheer erupted from the 40 or 50 fireman’s muster team members gathered in downtown Bath Saturday afternoon as both Bath teams, Sen. Baxter and Quansigamog, were declared winners, defending their title as champions of the country’s oldest continued organized sport. The fireman’s muster is said to have started in Bath in 1849. One hundred and seventy years later, the annual firemen’s muster still happens in downtown Bath, using fire engines built in 1853 and 1856. Teams from all over New England come to hand-pump 1800s firefighting equipment, competing to see which team can shoot the longest stream of water in 15 minutes. A suction hose goes into the water tank, which is kept full from a hydrant or a tanker truck, according to the Bath Heritage Days website. The foreman stands on top and keeps an eye on wind conditions. The pipe crew handles the nozzle and aims the water down a line of red resin paper. The farthest dime-sized drop of water recorded on the paper w...