Bucket Pump (from Internet Glossary of Pumps)
Bucket Pump
The Bucket Pump is similar to the Rag Pump and Lift Disk Pump but does not require a tube to draw the water up. It is not very common anymore, but can still be found occasionally.

One advantage of this pump is that the buckets don't turn upright until they are well below the surface of the water. They fill with clean water, and bring up less of the scum that often floats on the surface of a well.

Large old sailing ships sometimes used Bucket Pumps. They were also used on farms and many other places.

Of course, the length of the chain and the number of buckets can vary greatly.

(This is a still representation and possibly also a low-resolution image of a fully animated pump.)

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