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I took the photo below in spring 2012 on the event of 343‘s arrival in the sixth boro. It shows (from far to near) FDNY’s John D. McKean, Kevin C. Kane, and Firefighter. None of these vessels is currently owned by FDNY. McKean has gone upriver to be converted into a museum, Kane has gone to Wisconsin to become a workboat, and so far as I know, our whole upriver alliance of traffic watchers–myself included– missed her passage to Troy and then the Erie Canal, even though I traveled on the Erie twice this past November. Did anyone catch photos of Kane and not post them, I wonder?
Firefighter has gone to Greenport on the North Fork to live on as a museum.
The next four photos were taken by Fireboat Firefighter Museum volunteers.
I saw Firefighter in Greenport on December 31, 2016, but as of today, she’s at Goodison’s Shipyard in Rhode Island,
where haul out and
hull inspection and repair and
Click here for photos I took of Firefighter in the KVK, when she still worked for FDNY. The next three photos come from the Goodison Shipyard FB page.
Many thanks to Mike Hibbard for contacting me about this story.
For one of many posts featuring another retired FDNY vessel, John J. Harvey, click here.
Recognize this location for sixth boro riverbank living?
The fine print there says USNS GySgt. Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017), which was just outside the VZ Bridge a few days ago.
Now it’s over by FDNY Marine 9, as if it were someone’s yacht. The complex finally looked open, so I wandered in and
here’s what I saw . . . right here on Staten Island.
I don’t know who lives here or where the clientele comes from, but I’m positive the President-elect will be checking the residency papers on the opticians selling goggles. Will there be waivers? here.
Actually, I left quickly because this place gave me a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy feel.
Now THIS is a strange juxtaposition in this Potemkin Village.
But don’t take my word and photos for it. Click here or next time you’re in Stapleton, check the place out, before new tenant emporiums arrive.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve been waiting to get a good photo of the latest FDNY vessel under way and I caught it here the other day.
Her top speed exceeds 40 knots, an important feature given the need to urgently respond to a crisis.
Another relatively new government boat in the harbor is NYPD 621, P. O. Harry R. Ryman.
Of course, RIBs like 25713 are always out and training.
And finally, I’m guessing this is a government boat, given where it was, but it has no marking on it at all. Anyone help?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I admit to feeling a thrill. There were rainbows in the upper bay, here falling past the Liberty statue and raining onto Liberty Island,
drama loomed as Atlantic Star was back in the Ambrose on the return from the Norfolk and Baltimore, Firefighter II was also outside the Narrows,
I could get the closeups,
clouds were dissipating at just the right moment,
Eric McAllister met the Star on the Con Hook Range,
there was even a private sailboat–Ratty’s Wisdom–that possibly carried VIPs . . . . but nothing happened! I had built this up too much for myself, and no sprayed salute occurred.
I’ll keep a watch . . . it has to happen one of these times. Maybe it’s not proper, since Atlantic Star has not yet seen its Liverpudlian christening yet.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Today’s post comes out of a response I received yesterday from retired FDNY dispatcher and historian, Al Trojanowicz, who wrote, “The full photo is fire aboard SAUGUS, American Export Lines (1919) with fireboat WILLIAM F GAYNOR (1914) alongside, and a mystery vessel off to left. Appears to be similar configuration to the quarantine tug, and original print shows and what looks like a government pennant displayed with a circular or ships-wheel design. The information below is all I have found on this fire, and was the caption pasted to the back of the print. Those ladders seen on forward well deck may be accessing the hold – or from another vessel rafted on the port side.”
The caption pasted on the back reads: “10/2/1926 Fire in freighter Saugus. Photo caption READS “FIREBOATS STAGE SPECTACULAR BATTLE AND SAVE FREIGHTER!” Fireboats fought a brilliant battle, October 2nd, and saved the freighter Saugus from burning to the water’s edge in the East River, New York. The cause of the fire is unknown, but the rolls of thick black smoke issuing from the hold, attracted passing craft, and fire patrols. This photo shows the ship which was loaded mostly with cotton, removed frantically by the hands, off New York City.” (10-2-26) [Photo shows fireboat William J. Gaynor alongside Saugus. An unknown launch is rafted outboard of Gaynor, and an unknown vessel to the left.]
The caption says . . . East River, but the background to me looks like Staten Island seen from mid-Upper Bay.
So here’s a closer up of that unknown vessel. Is it flying the USPHS flag?
I’d speculate that this is a US PHS cutter. I’ve been unable to find a listing of these–like McClintic–based in New York. Also, although today’s FDNY boats have medical response equipment on board and FDNY personnel receive first responder training, back in 1926 they probably did not. And this raises another whole set of questions like, what was training like in the 1926 FDNY, what medical equipment if any was there on board FDNY vessels, and would USPHS vessels have a role in assisting during fires on the water and along the shores and docks? It ask strikes me that–given the amount of smoke emanating from the stacks of these steamers made a fire on the water look very different from one today, where all the smoke you see is from the emergency, not the routine use of fuel. Finally, I’m guessing this fire was not catastrophic consequence given that no story appears in the NYTimes archives and SS Saugus continued in service until 1946, when it as scrapped.
Al also sent along this photo of the Buffalo fireboat Cotter (1900), still in service. Here is a photo of it in 1924, probably in Buffalo. At that date it was still known by its original name, William S. Grattan. In 1928, while fighting a fire on the Buffalo River, it was heavily damaged and rebuilt.
Many thanks to Al Trojanowicz for these photos and questions. Click here and scroll for more information from Al on FDNY Marine division.
Note: This is day 13 of December, tugster’s classic/historic vessel month. If you have photos/stories to share that fit the “classic” parameters, please get in touch.
Here are the previous ones.
This FDNY boat has never floated in the sixth boro, although it should be here this coming Tuesday.
I wanted to catch this vessel in the resplendent colors of October along the Erie Canal.
Watch here for sixth boro harbor news for the time of a welcome ceremony at the Statue of Liberty. William M. Feehan and all his loved ones should be proud.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s an index to the previous posts in this series.
This post is short and sweet, and you’ll soon notice the theme.
900 total hp of Yamaha above on the FDNY boat and even more Mercury below . . . divided between two US Customs and Border Protection boats.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.