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 is a historic fireboat on display in a permanent land installation on the waterfront in the Old Town area of Tacoma, Washington. Built in 1929, she was for more than fifty years the sole firefighting vessel for the Port of Tacoma. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1980.[2]

Description and history[edit]

Fireboat No. 1 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). She has a steel deck and pilothouse. Her deck was originally lined with pipes capable of creating a spray around the ship. As built, she had three-screw drive powered by 425-horsepower gasoline engine, and was capable of making a speed of 15 knots. Two additional engines provided power to its water pumps, and another two could be used either for movement or pumping, differentiated by a clutch setting.[3]

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 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. ^ a b "Fireboat No. 1 (Tacoma)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ Delgado, James P. "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form / Fireboat No. 1" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-08-31.