Manhattan in 1600s "Rattle Watch" Manhattan in 1600s "Rattle Watch" Wooden Rattle from circa 1600 Image On display at the Fire Fighters Museum in Hudson New York. Resolved Waldron's first job after arriving Manhattan from Holland was as a Night Watchman. When twisted around the "Rattle" made a loud clicking sound to alert citizens of New Amsterdam of fire or other troubles. The Rattle Watch dates back to the year 1658. 193914058 Old Leather Fire Buckets The bucket brigade depended upon men, women and children to fight fires in the l600 and l700s. Everyone filled their bucket before bed and left it on their stoop -should a fire break out during the night. 193914059