Fireboat No. 1

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Name: Fireboat No. 1
Owner: Port of Tacoma
Builder: Coastline Shipbuilding Company
Cost: $148,000
Launched: 1929
General characteristics
Length: 96 ft 6 in (29.41 m)
Beam: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
Draft: 6-foot (1.8 m)
Fireboat No. 1
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Fire Boat No. 1 in her dry berth
Fireboat No. 1 is located in Washington (state)
Fireboat 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 1929
Architect T.M. Rowlands; Coast Line Shipbuilding Co.
NRHP Reference # 83004254
Significant dates
Added to NRHP 2 December 1983[1]
Designated NHL 19 June 1980[2]

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 (29.41 m) long with a 21-foot-6-inch (6.55 m) beam and a 6-foot (1.8 m) draft. Her seven water cannons have a capacity of 10,000 US gallons per minute (0.63 m3/s). Fireboat No. 1 is the only fireboat in U.S. history to protect a major port by herself 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 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.

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