Fireboat No. 1 - Tacoma, Washington
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 47° 16.931 W 122° 28.638
10T E 539528 N 5236655
Quick Description: Fireboat One is one of only 5 fireboats listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It can be seen drydocked on the South end of Ruston Way on the Tacoma Waterfront.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 4:45:17 PM
Waymark Code: WM4QA6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 22

Long Description:

After 54 years of service to Tacoma in waterfront fire protection, harbor security patrols, search and rescue missions and water pollution control, Fireboat No. 1 is one of only five fireboats designated as National Historical landmarks. It is the only one in the United States to continuously protect a major port by itself for more than half a century. You'll find it on display, drydocked on the Tacoma Waterfront off of Ruston Way.

Designed by T. McK. Rowlands of Seattle, Fireboat No. 1 was built in 1929 by the Coastline Shipbuilding Company of Tacoma for $148,000. It was one of the first vessels on the West Coast built specifically as a fireboat, rather than converted from a tugboat.

Some facts about the boat:

It is 96' long and has 7 monitors (water cannons) capable of shooting 10,000 gallons of water per minute. Equaling the power of 10 fire engines, this capacity was strong enough to knock off the roofs of shoreline buildings to give access to interior fires.

Twelve firefighters worked in three daily shifts to operate the boat, which moored at the end of the 11th Street bridge

"Big Bertha," the largest monitor, pumped 6,500 gallons of water per minute with a spray up to 475 feet.

Is there a tour: No

If boat is a garden what was planted in it: This is not a garden.

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