Fireboat No. 1 (Tacoma, Wash.)

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Fireboat No. 1
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Fire Boat No. 1
Location: Tacoma, WA
Coordinates: 47°16′56.27″N 122°28′49.47″W / 47.2822972°N 122.4804083°W / 47.2822972; -122.4804083Coordinates: 47°16′56.27″N 122°28′49.47″W / 47.2822972°N 122.4804083°W / 47.2822972; -122.4804083
Built/Founded: 1929
Architect: T.M. Rowlands; Coast Line Shipbuilding Co.
Governing body: Local
Added to NRHP: December 2, 1983[1]
Designated NHL: June 19, 1980[2]
NRHP Reference#: 83004254
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Fire Boat No. 1 in its dry berth.

Fireboat No. 1 was built in 1929 for the Port of Tacoma by the Coastline Shipbuilding Company of Tacoma, Washington for US$148,000. She is 96 feet 6 inches (29.4 m) long with a 21 foot (6.4 m), six-inch (152 mm) beam and a six-foot (1.8 m) draft. Her seven water cannons have a capacity of 10,000 US gallons per minute (630 L/s). The vessel is the only fireboat in U.S. history to protect a major port by itself for more than half a century.

After 54 years of service in waterfront fire protection, harbor security patrols, search and rescue missions, and water pollution control, Fireboat No. 1 was put up on on a permanent dry berth at a public beach near Tacoma’s Old Town neighborhood. She is one of only five fireboats designated as a National Historic Landmark. Visitors are able to walk around her exterior, but her interior is closed to the public.

See also


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. "FIREBOAT NO. 1 (Tacoma)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 

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