Firefighter (fireboat)

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The fireboat Firefighter
Career (New York City Fire Department) Flag of the City of New York
Name: Marine 9 Firefighter
Operator: New York City Fire Department
Builder: United Shipyards
Yard number: 856
Launched: August 26, 1938
Homeport: Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY
General characteristics
Tonnage: 220.44 net
Length: 134 ft (41 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Height: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draught: 9.24 ft (2.82 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Twin 1500 hp, 16-cylinder, 3968 CID General Motors Winton diesel engines
Speed: 15mph
Crew: 7
Firefighter (Fireboat)
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Coordinates: 40°38′36.23″N 74°4′18.26″W / 40.6433972°N 74.0717389°W / 40.6433972; -74.0717389Coordinates: 40°38′36.23″N 74°4′18.26″W / 40.6433972°N 74.0717389°W / 40.6433972; -74.0717389
Built/Founded: 1938
Architect: William Francis Gibbs
Governing body: New York City Fire Department
Added to NRHP: June 30, 1989[1]
Designated NHL: June 30, 1989[2]
NRHP Reference#: 89001447

Firefighter is a fireboat serving the New York City Fire Department as Marine Company 9. She was the most powerful diesel-electric fireboat when built in 1938. She has fought more than 50 fires, including upon the S.S. Normandie in 1942.[3]

Other well known fires she participated in include the SS El Estero in 1943, and, perhaps most dramatically, the fire following the collision of Esso Brussels and SS Sea Witch in 1973. On September 11, 2001, Firefighter along with the rest of the FDNY Marine units and the John J. Harvey, a retired fireboat being restored by volunteers, were in active service pumping water from the Hudson into Ground Zero when the water mains failed.[4]

Firefighter was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[2][3]

Firefighter continues to serve today but is scheduled to be retired in 2009, and replaced by the fireboat Firefighter II.[5]


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "FIREFIGHTER (Fireboat)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-14. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 James P. Delgado (January 20, 1989). National Register of Historic Places Registration: FirefighterPDF (461 KB). National Park Service  and Accompanying 8 photos from 1939, 1942, and 1988.PDF (1.26 MB)
  4. "Fireboats: few & far between". Boat/US Magazine. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 

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