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F.D.N.Y. - Historic Page 3 - 1890-1898


Original Feature Posted April 26, 2004 - Re-launched January 28, 2012
FDNY Page 12 Added November 2013    Reorganized as Historic Page 3 Dec 2015   
Updated September 3, 2017

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FDNY Historic Page 1 Overview FDNY Historic Page 2 1862-1885
FDNY Historic Page 3 1890-1898 FDNY Historic Page 4 1903-1907
FDNY Historic Page 5 1908-1908 FDNY Historic Page 6 1914-1938
FDNY Historic Page 7 1954-1958 FDNY Historic Page 8 1958-1992
   
FDNY P1 The Marine Division FDNY P2 The Old Boats
FDNY P3 Old Marine 1 "McKean" FDNY P4 New Marine 1 "343"
FDNY P5 Old Marine 2 "Harvey" FDNY P6 The Small Boats
FDNY P7 Old Marine 6 "Kane" FDNY P8 New Marine 6 "Bravest"
FDNY P9 Old Marine 9 "Fire Fighter" FDNY P10 New Marine 9 "Fire Fighter II
NYPD P11 Police Boats FDNY P12 New Marine  "Feehan"

 

THE HISTORIC F.D.N.Y. FIREBOATS
From the John Landers-Beth Klein Collection

RARE - HISTORIC - SOME NEVER BEFORE SEEN ONLINE
Many of the photos on this page are from the John Landers & Beth Klein collection.
These are some of the most rare, historic, and in some cases never before seen online
images of the Historic Fireboats of the Fire Department of New York.
I thank John for allowing CapeCodFD.com to share these with our viewers.

John Landers is a NYC Transit worker whose fascination with the FDNY Marine Division dates back
to his childhood invite on board the H. Sylvia A. H. G. Wilks by her Commanding Officer Lt. Summerbell.
John and his wife Beth Klein wish to share their collection with anyone interested.
If you require professional use of any of these photos please contact John at islandersb@aol.com

Noonan Collection
Additional photos taken by Joe Farren are part of the William Noonan collection.
2017

MUST LISTEN

You Tube audio of 1938 New York City Fire boats Radio Roll Call
by WNYF with each boats using their horns
Added Oct 12, 2014

 

 

"New York City"
Map of New York City and the rivers, bays, and harbors protected by the FDNY.
Over 560 miles of waterfront are protected by the FDNY.

 

 

 

PAST FDNY FIREBOATS
 (Info from Fireboat.org)
(Info from FDNY Marine 1)
(Info from FDNY Unofficial Page)
(Info from John Calderone's Fireboats of the FDNY)
 

The Historic Boats
 

>--------------------HISTORIC PAGE 1-------------------<

A brief overview and introduction to the
Historical Collection of FDNY Fire Boats.

>--------------------HISTORIC PAGE 2-------------------<

SENECA
(NYPD c. 1862-1881)
A side paddlewheel vessel obtained by the New York Police Department
was on very rare occasions reportedly used by the Brooklyn Fire Dept.
She was reportedly destroyed by fire in 1881.
 

JOHN FULLER
(On Call c. 1866-1875)
Perhaps the "first" firefighting boat in NYC.
A steam salvage tug equipped with Amoskeag fire pumps
Owned by John C. Baxter & Son
Rented as needed "On Call" basis.
Known as a "wrecking & fire steamer"
13 water streams
It served for 9 years 1866-1875
and then for years was rented to substitute for
fireboats Havemeyer and Mills when they were out of service.
Berthed at 307 West Street, Manhattan
 

PROTECTOR
(On Call c. 1894-?)
A 53 foot tug operated by the Newtown Creek Towing Co.
in Long Island City (now part of Queens) on the East River
was from time to time used for firefighting
 

WILLIAM F. HAVEMEYER
(1875-1901)
106' x 22' x 10'. 6000 gpm.
Built by Wood Dialogue & Company, Philadelphia
Wood hull vessel - coal fired steam powered
Berthed at foot of Pike Street, East River
"Engine 43"


ZOPHAR MILLS
 (1882-1934)
120' x 25' x 12'. 6000 gpm.
First iron hull fireboat
Berthed at Pier 42, North River
Served 52 years.
"Engine 51"
"Engine 77"
Engine 51"


SETH LOW
(1885-1917)
99' x 24' x 9'. 3500 gpm.
Wooden vessel
Harbeck's Stores, then foot of Main Street
Brooklyn Fire Dept
"Engine 23"
F.D.N.Y. (Jan 1898)
"Engine 123"
"Engine 223"


 

>--------------------HISTORIC PAGE 3-------------------<


THE NEW YORKER
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Steel hull
Battery Park, North River, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

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Note
The newest, most innovative fireboats often
started out at "Engine 57"
with the previous boat being reassigned
to another boat site.
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DAVID A. BOODY
 (1892-1914)
105' x 23' x 7'. 6500 gpm.
Wooden vessel
Brooklyn Fire Dept
"Engine 32"
F.D.N.Y. (Jan 1898)
"Engine 132"
Engine 232"



ROBERT A. VAN WYCK
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm
Only briefly named Van Wyck
Served as William L Strong
"Engine 66"

 

WILLIAM L. STRONG
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm
- Briefly Also Named the -
Robert A Van Wyck

"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 

>--------------------HISTORIC PAGE 4-------------------<


ABRAM S. HEWITT
(1903-1958)
117' x 25' x 10'6". 7000 gpm.
At foot of 13th Street
"Engine 77"
"Engine 232"
"Engine 77"


GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN
(1904-1954)
117' x 24' x 9'6". 7000 gpm.
"Engine 78"
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"


VELOX
(1907-1922)
68' x 11'6" x 7'.
Tender
 

>--------------------HISTORIC PAGE 5-------------------<

 

JAMES DUANE
(1908-1959)
132' x 28' x 10'. 9000 gpm.
"Engine 85"


THOMAS WILLETT
(1908-1959)
132' x 28' x 10'. 9000 gpm.
"Engine 86"
"Engine 78"
"Marine 9"


CORNELIUS W. LAWRENCE
(1908-1955)
104'6" x 23'6" x 9'. 7000 gpm.
"Engine 87"
"Engine 51"
Engine 66"

 

THE NEW YORK FLEET
(1908)
"Zophar Mills" 1882 - Engine 51
"David Boody"  1892 - Engine 132
"Seth Low"  1885 - Engine 123
"The New Yorker" 1890 - Engine 57
"William L. Strong" 1898 - Engine 66
"Abram S. Hewitt" 1903 - Engine 77
"George B. McClellan" 1904 - Engine 78
"James Duane" 1908 - Engine 85
"Thomas Willett" 1908 - Engine 86
"Cornelious W. Lawrence"  1908 - Engine 87
 

 

>--------------------HISTORIC PAGE 6-------------------<



WILLIAM J. GAYNOR
(1914-1961)
118' x 25' x 13.4'. 7000 gpm.
"Engine 223"
"Engine 51"
"Engine 77"
"Marine 7"


JOHN PURROY MITCHEL
(1921-1966)
132' x 27' x 10'. 9000 gpm.
Built at Standard Shipbuilding Co, Shooters Island, NY
Last steam fireboat, first oil burner
"Engine 57"
"Engine 232"
"Marine 6"
"Marine 3"


CAPT. CONNELL
(1922-1938)
56'6" x 12' x 6'6".
Tender


JOHN J. HARVEY
(1931-1999)
130' x 28' x 9'. 18,000 gpm.
First gasoline-electric powered boat
"Engine 57"
"Engine 66"
"Marine 2"


FIRE FIGHTER
(1938-2011 )
134' x 32' x 9'. 20,000 gpm.
First Diesel - electric fireboat
"Engine 57"
"Engine 223"
"Marine 8"
"Marine 5"
"Marine 3"
 "Marine 9"


SMOKE
(1938-1955)
53' x 7' x 3.5'.
Tender
 

>--------------------HISTORIC PAGE 7-------------------<



JOHN D. MC KEAN
(1954-2011 )
129' x 30' x 9'. 19,000 gpm.
"Engine 57" 
"Marine 1"


H. SYLVIA A. H. G. WILKS
(1958-1972)
105'6" x 27' x 9'. 8000 gpm.
"Engine 51"
"Marine 9"
"Marine 7"

 

>--------------------HISTORIC PAGE 8-------------------<


HARRY M. ARCHER M. D.
(1958-1994)
105'6" x 27' x 9'. 8000 gpm.
"Engine 78"
"Marine 6"



SMOKE II
(1958-2008 )
52' x 14' x 4'. 2000 gpm.
"Tender"


SENATOR ROBERT F. WAGNER
(1959-1993)
105'6" x 27' x 9'. 8000 gpm.
"Marine 8"
"Marine 7"
"Marine 5"



GOVERNOR ALFRED E. SMITH
(1961-2015)
105'6" x 27' x 9'. 8000 gpm.
"Marine 8"
"Marine 6"

 


BLAZE
(1961-1970)
20'x 8' - 600 gpm
"With Marine 8"



JOHN H. GLENN, JR.
(1962-1977)
70' x 21' x 5'. 5000 gpm.
"Marine 4"
"Marine 5"
(now Washington, DC Fire Boat 1)
 

FLAME
(1963-1974)
18' x 8'  680 gpm
"Special Unit"



JAMES F. HACKETT
 
(1970-1974)
29'3" x 8' x 2'.5" - 2500 gpm
"Special Unit"



JOHN P. DEVANEY
(1992-1994)
70' x 19' x 5'4" 7075 gpm.
"Marine 6"


ALFRED E. RONALDSON
(1992-1994)
70' x 19' x 5'4"  7075 gpm.
"Marine 9"


KEVIN C. KANE
(1992-2010 )
52' x 16' x 4'6". 6500 gpm.
"Marine 6"

 

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The Modern Marine Division
 

THE BIG BOATS

"THREE FORTY THREE"
"Marine 1"

(2010-  )

140' x 36' x 9' draft
50,000 gpm
Built by Eastern Shipbuilding,
Panama City, Florida
Marine 1 - Bloomfield Street, Manhattan
Replaced the "John D. McKean" built in 1954
 

"FIREFIGHTER II"
"Marine 9"
(2010-  )

140' x 36' x 9' draft
50,000 gpm
Built by Eastern Shipbuilding,
Panama City, Florida
Marine 9 - Front Street, Staten Island
Replaced the "Firefighter" built in 1938
 

"BRAVEST"
"Marine 6"

(2011-  )

65' x 17' x 39"
7,000 gpm
Safe Boat
Marine 6 - Brooklyn Navy Yard
Replaced "Kevin Kane" built in 1992
 

"WILLIAM M FEEHAN"
"Marine 6"

(2015-  )

66' 5" x 18' x 3' 
6,800 gpm
MetalCraft FireStorm 70
Marine 6 - Brooklyn Navy Yard
Second boat for Marine 6
 

 

 

SMALL BOATS

MARINE 1 - ALPHA
(2012-      )

33' Safe Boat
1,000 gpm
With Marine 1 at Bloomfield St
Replaced 2006 27' Safe Boat

MARINE 1 - BRAVO
(2012-      )

31' Safe Boat
EMS Response
With Marine 1 at Bloomfield St


MARINE 6 - ALPHA
(2012-        )
33' Safe Boat
1,000 gpm
With Marine 6 - Brooklyn Navy Yard

MARINE 6 - BRAVO
(2012-      )

31' Safe Boat
EMS Response
With Marine 6 - Brooklyn Navy Yard

 

MARINE 9 - ALPHA
(2012-        )
33' Safe Boat
1,000 gpm
With Marine 9 - Front Street, Staten Island

MARINE 9 - BRAVO
(2012-      )

31' Safe Boat
EMS Response
With Marine 9 - Front Street, Staten Island
 


Additional small boats similar to the Alpha Boats
are also assigned to the the Marine Division,
Dive Team, and 3 Special Event boats
each located with respective Marine Co.s.

 

SEASONAL UNITS (May to Oct)

MARINE 3
(2012-        )
33' Safe Boat
1,000 gpm
 Marine 3 - Kingsborough Community College,
Brooklyn

MARINE 4
(2012-        )

 33' Safe Boat
1,000 gpm
Marine 4 - Fort Totten,
Queens

MARINE 8
(2012-       )

33' Safe Boat
1,000 gpm
Marine 8 - Great Kills Harbor,
Staten Island
 

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FDNY MARINE DIVISION HISTORY
Fire Boats and Company Locations over time
(Note: Consolidation of New York City and combined
Fire Department occurred in 1898)

When first organized FDNY Fireboats were designated
as Engine Companies.
As boats were relocated they maintained their Engine Co. assignment.
The 19th Battalion was established in 1905 including all the fireboats.
The fleet reached 10 boats from 1908 into the 1950's.
Changes have occurred over time as economics and changes in the
waterfront resulted in a reduction in the number of boats.
The "Marine Division" and designations of
"Marine Company" was created 1959.
 

Engine 43
Organized 1875
East River - 1875
Pier 40, Pike Street, Manhattan, East River - 1877
Pier 1, Manhattan, North River - 1879
Foot of Clinton St, Manhattan, East River - 1883
Pier 55, Grand St, Manhattan, East River - 1893
Foot of East 96th St, Manhattan, Harlem River - 1898
Marine E43 Disbanded 1903

"William F. Havemeyer" 1875-1901
 

Engine 51
Organized 1883
Pier 42, Manhattan, East River - 1883
Foot West 13th St, Manhattan, North River- 1884
Foot of Bloomfield St, Manhattan, North River - 1892
Foot West 13th St, Manhattan, North River- 1900
Foot of East 99th St., Manhattan, Harlem River - 1903
St George, Staten Island - 1908
Disbanded 1916 - 1922
Foot of Hyatt St, Staten Island - 1922
Disbanded 1934 - 1938
Foot of Hyatt St, Staten island - 1938
Pier 6, Foot of Hannah St, Staten Island - 1947
Disbanded 1948 - 1949
Pier 6, Hannah St, Staten Island - 1949 - 1959
Reorganized as Marine 9 - 1959

 "Zophar Mills" 1883-1934
"William L Strong" 1938-1948
Replaced by "George B McCllellan" 1949-1953
"Cornelius W. Lawrence" 1953-1954
Replaced by "Fire Fighter" 1954-1959
 

 

Engine 23 - (Brooklyn FD)
 Organized 1886
Foot of Furman St, Brooklyn, East River - 1886
Relocated foot of Main St, Brooklyn, East River - 1899
Became Engine 123 - 1899
Relocated foot of 42nd St, New York Bay - 1904
Relocated Foot of Main St, Brooklyn, East River - 1904
Became Engine 223 - 1913
Relocated Foot of 38th St, New York Bay - 1915
Relocated Foot of 37th St, New York Bay - 1932
Reorganized as Marine 8 - 1959

"Seth Low" - 1886-1916
Replaced by "William J Gaynor" 1916-
 
 

Engine 32 - (Brooklyn FD)
Organized 1893
Foot of North 8th St, Brooklyn, East River - 1893
Became Engine 132 - 1899
Became Engine 232 - 1913
Disbanded - 1914
Reorganized Foot of North 8th St, Brooklyn, East River - 1915
Relocated Foot of Noble St, Brooklyn, East River - 1922
Reorganized as Marine 6 - 1959

"David A. Boody" - 1893-1914
 

Engine 57
Organized 1891
Castle Garden, Manhattan - 1891
Battery Park, Manhattan - 1895
Pier 1, Manhattan, North River - 1941
Disbanded 1959
Reorganized as Marine 1 - 1959

 "New Yorker" - 1891-1922
Replaced by "John Purroy Mitchel"  1922-1931
Replaced by "John J. Harvey" - 1931-1938
Replaced by the "Fire Fighter"  1938-1955
Replaced by "John D. McKean"  1955-1959

 

Engine 66
Organized 1898
Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan, East River - 1898
Foot of Grand St, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, East River - 1932
Disbanded 1955

"Robert A Van Wyck" 1898-
Renamed "William L. Strong"  1898-1938
Replaced by  "George B McClellan"  1938-1953
 

Engine 77
Organized 1903
Foot of Gansevoort St, Manhattan, North River - 1903
Relocated to Foot of Main St, Brooklyn, East River - 1904
Relocated to Foot of Beekman St, Manhattan, East River - 1911
Relocated Seaside Landing, Far Rockaway, Queens - 1922
Relocated foot of Hyatt St, Staten Island - 1922
Relocated Foot of Beekman St, Manhattan, East River - 1922
Relocated Foot of Fulton St, Manhattan, East River - 1931
Reorganized to Marine 7 - 1959

""Abram S. Hewitt" 1903-
Replaced by "The New Yorker" 1922-1931
 

Engine 78
Organized 1904
Foot of Gansevoort St, Manhattan, North River - 1904
Relocated Foot of East 99th St, Manhattan, Harlem River - 1908
Relocated Foot of 90th St, Manhattan, Harlem River - 1930
Reorganized as Marine 5 - 1959

"George B McClellan"  1904-1938
Replaced by "Thomas Willett" 1938-1959
 

 

Engine 85
Organized 1908
Pier 75, West 35th St, Manhattan, North River - 1908
Reorganized as Marine 3 - 1959

"James Duane" 1908-1959

 

Engine 86
Organized 1908
Foot of Gansevoort St, Manhattan, North River - 1908
Relocated Pier 53, Ft of Bloomfield St, Manhattan, North Rover - 1910
Reorganized as Marine 2 - 1959

 "Thomas Willett"  1908-1938
Replaced by "John J Harvey" 1938-

 

Engine 87
Organized 1908
Foot of East 132nd St, Manhattan, Harlem River - 1908
Relocated Ft of East 135th St, Manhattan, Harlem River - 1922
Relocated foot of Grand St, Manhattan, East River - 1952
Disbanded 1954

 "Cornelius W. Lawrence" 1908-1953

 

Engine 223
 Organized 1886 as Brooklyn Engine 23
Foot of Furman St, Brooklyn, East River - 1886
Relocated foot of Main St, Brooklyn, East River - 1899
Became Engine 123 - 1899
Relocated foot of 42nd St, New York Bay - 1904
Relocated Foot of Main St, Brooklyn, East River - 1904
Became Engine 223 - 1913
Relocated Foot of 38th St, New York Bay - 1915
Relocated Foot of 37th St, New York Bay - 1932
Reorganized as Marine 8 - 1959

"Seth Low" - 1886-1916
Replaced by "William J Gaynor" 1916-
 

Engine 232
Organized 1893 as Brooklyn Engine 32
Foot of North 8th St, Brooklyn, East River - 1893
Became Engine 132 - 1899
Became Engine 232 - 1913
Disbanded - 1914
Reorganized Foot of North 8th St, Brooklyn, East River - 1915
Relocated Foot of Noble St, Brooklyn, East River - 1922
Reorganized as Marine 6 - 1959

"David A. Boody" - 1893-
"John Purroy Mitchel" - 1931-
 


 

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The "Marine Division" as it is known today was reorganized in 1959.
No longer would fireboats be referred to as Engine Companies.
 

Marine Co. 1
Organized 1959
Formerly Engine 57
Pier 1, Manhattan, North River 1959-
Pier A, Manhattan, Battery Park, Manhattan, North River  1960-1992
Relocated to Foot of Bloomfield St, Manhattan, North River 1992

"John D. McKean" 1959-2010
"Three Forty Three"  2010-
 

Marine Co. 2
Organized 1959
Formerly Engine 86
Foot of Bloomfield St, Manhattan, North River 1959-1991
Disbanded 1991

"John J Harvey" 1959-1995
 

Marine Co. 3
Organized 1959
Formerly Engine 85
Foot of West 35th St, Manhattan, North River 1959-
Foot of Bloomfield St, Manhattan, North River 1961-
Disbanded 1966
Reorganized 1996
158-57 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens (Seasonal May-Oct) 1996-2004
Relocated Gateway Marina, Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn  (Seasonal) 2004-
 

Marine Co. 4
Organized 1962
Foot of 154th Pl, East River 1962-
Relocated Army Pier, Fort Totten, Queens 1963-
Disbanded 1971
Reorganized 1996
Fort Schuyler @ NYSMMA, Throgs Neck (Seasonal)  1996-1998
Relocated to Fort Totten, Queens 1998-

"John H Glenn Jr" 1962-1971
 

Marine Co. 5
Organized 1959
Formerly Engine 78
Foot of East 90th St, Manhattan, East River 1959-1976
Disbanded 1976
 

Marine Co. 6
Organized 1959
Formerly Engine 66
Foot of Grand St, Manhattan, East River 1959-1992
Relocated to Bldg 292, Brooklyn Navy Yard, East River  1992-
(Marine Division HQ)

"Governor Alfred E. Smith" 1961-1992
"Kevin C Kane" 1992-2011
"Bravest" 2011-
 

Marine Co. 7
Organized 1959
Formerly Engine 77
Foot of Fulton St, Brooklyn, East River  1959-1970
Disbanded 1970

"H. Sylvia A.H.G. Wilks" 1959-1970

 

Marine Co. 8
Organized 1959
Formerly Engine 223
Foot of 38th St, Brooklyn, New York Bay 1959-1962
Foot of 52nd St, Brooklyn  1962-1970
Disbanded 1970
Reorganized Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island (Seasonal) 2005-

 

Marine Co. 9
Organized 1959
Formerly Engine 51
Pier 6, Staten Island  1959-
Relocated Slip 8, St George Ferry Terminal, SI  1967-
Relocated foot of 52nd St, Brooklyn, New York Bay 1976-
Relocated Slip 8, St George Ferry Terminal, SI  1977-
Relocated 355 Front St, Staten Island  1997-

"Fire Fighter" 1959-2010
"Fire Fighter II" 2010-






 

  

  

 

 

HISTORIC FDNY FIREBOATS
Page 3
"1890-1898"
The following special photos were submitted as listed below.
(Added August 2013 - Updated January 2017)

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Fireboat "The New Yorker" 1890

 


"The New Yorker" an early photo
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Early photo shown prior to installation of the roof deck monitors and the name plate being placed
on the pilot house. Also shown with original style stack and square portholes.
Photos of the New Yorker showing square
portholes date to when the crew lived on board the vessel.

 


"The "The New Yorker"  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


January 1891 Harper's Weekly wood etching of "The New Yorker"
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


Drawing of  "The New Yorker" doing a streams display
William Noonan collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 

 


Fireboat "The New Yorker" at Castle Garden Bulkhead in 1893
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


Fireboat "The New Yorker" at quarters in 1899
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" at the Engine 57 Quarters at the Battery.
Note the black and red color scheme.
    John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Built by Julius Johnson of New York City
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

Note: The New Yorker was the first New York fireboat with quarters
on shore. Previous boats had accommodations on board for the crew.

 


"The New Yorker" ready to entertain a massive crowd at the Battery.
    John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Built by Julius Johnson of New York City
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" with Chief John Kenlon on deck watching monitor operations.
    John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Built by Julius Johnson of New York City
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" with Pier A in background   
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Built by Julius Johnson of New York City
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 

Note: The New Yorker was the first New York fireboat with quarters
on shore. Previous boats had accommodations on board for the crew.

 

 

 


"The New Yorker" Engine 57 quarters at the Battery  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


Engine 57 original headquarters at the Battery  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


Blessing of the fireboats by Cardinal Loesch at the Battery in 1914
   John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


Dignitaries aboard "The New Yorker" for the fireboats blessing 1914.
   John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 

 



"The New Yorker" 
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"


Shown as Engine 57 quarters (left) at the Battery, Manhattan

 


"The New Yorker" at the Battery   
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"


Shown as Engine 57 quarters (left) at the Battery, Manhattan

 


"The New Yorker" at Pier A showing original design with deckgun flowing.
    John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" at the launching of the Thomas Willet at Newburgh, NY 1908.
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
 Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" operating at a fire  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm.
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" and the launch "Velox"  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 

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"The New Yorker" and crew on the bow   
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" and "Zophar Mills" fight fire in German Freighter  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" battling the City of Stamford ferryboat fire   
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" tackles the German ocean liner Hamburg blaze    
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" water display.     
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


"The New Yorker" is escorted by the "John Purroy Mitchel" and the "Thomas Willet"
on her last trip around New York Harbor in 1931.
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 

 


"The New Yorker" in dry dock.
 John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 


A colorized image of "The New Yorker" at Engine 57 c.1937
 Submitted by John Landers and Beth Klein

 "The New Yorker"
(1890-1931)
125' x 26' x 12'. 13,000 gpm
Steel hull - Coal fired Steam power
Castle Garden, Battery, Manhattan
"Engine 57"
"Engine 77"

 

 

 

 

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Fireboat "David A. Boody" 1892

 

 


Brooklyn Fireboat "David A. Boody"   
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

David A. Boody
(1892-1914)
105' x 23' x 7'. 6500 gpm.
Built by W. Cowles at Noank, Connecticut
Wooden hull - coal and steam powered
Brooklyn Fire Dept
"Engine 32"
FDNY
"Engine 132"
"Engine 232"

 


Brooklyn Fireboat "David A. Boody"
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

David A. Boody
(1892-1914)
105' x 23' x 7'. 6500 gpm.
Built by W. Cowles at Noank, Connecticut
Wooden hull - coal and steam powered
Brooklyn Fire Dept
"Engine 32"
FDNY
"Engine 132"
"Engine 232"

 


Brooklyn Fireboat "David A. Boody"  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

David A. Boody
(1892-1914)
105' x 23' x 7'. 6500 gpm.
Built by W. Cowles at Nohank, Connecticut
Wooden hull - coal and steam powered
Brooklyn Fire Dept
"Engine 32"
FDNY
"Engine 132"
"Engine 232"


 

 

Clipping from New York Times - February 14, 1899

David A. Boody
(1892-1914)
105' x 23' x 7'. 6500 gpm.
Brooklyn Fire Dept
"Engine 32"
FDNY
"Engine 132"
"Engine 232"

 


Former Brooklyn Fireboat "David A. Boody" after her FDNY usage
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

David A. Boody
(1892-1914)
105' x 23' x 7'. 6500 gpm.
Brooklyn Fire Dept
"Engine 32"
FDNY
"Engine 132"
"Engine 232"

 

The DAVID A. BOODY

A clipping from Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 15, 1930
Provided by John Landers & Beth Klein

ONCE LAST WORD IN FIREBOATS

    Before Brooklyn became a borough the David A. Boody was built by its Mayor of that time to be the last word in fireboats. She is shown as she looks nowadays, as a steam lighter along the Brooklyn waterfront.

     Proud of the fact that their ship is the sole survivor of the days when the City of Brooklyn operated its own fireboats, sailors on the steam lighter David A Boody are honoring the name of the last Democratic Mayor in Brooklyn who named her after himself 38 years ago.

     According to the Boody's Chief Engineer Robert Champeau, they are planning to collect a quarter each time one of her crew lets loose with an oath (curse). Problem is the crew is simply not profane enough. The fund will be used for purchasing and installing in the pilot house a deluxe size photo properly framed of the late Mr. Boody.

     The steam lighter was tied up undergoing two day of repairs after delivering a load of rank-smelling hides to the Butler Warehouses. The fact that the flag on the stern of the Boody was at half mast is what caught this reporters attention at first. Mr. Champeau said this was a tribute to Mr. Boody who died five months ago at the ripe old age of  92.  "When we get our picture we can let the flag run all the way up."

     "She is one powerful vessel" said the Chief Engineer who has been with her since she was condemned for firefighting in the harbor 13 years ago. "Actually, she was too powerful" according to Champeau. "When she turned the full force of her pumps on her top seams would open. Mayor Boody had her built that way. In her day she was the fastest fireboat in the harbor, and for speed of delivering water I don't think they could beat her today. She is a big little boat, even now she can carry up to 150 tons of freight at 12 mph. I don't think another steam lighter in the harbor, with the exception of the Jack Frost can pass her when she is stepping."

      "I know her from stem to stern. I took her fireboat engine and pumps out in 1917. Her present engine is as much of a veteran as herself. It came from the Croton which was a former water boat. The Boody's bottom is as clean as her pilot house window pane and she has one of the finest shaped hulls in port. Between her deckhouse and her forward cleat she can carry 730 drums of asphalt standing on end" added Champeau who proudly boasted the little known fact that the Boody has served both the City of Brooklyn and her country as the Navy took her over during the war and kept her five years, longer than any other boat. "In those days she was housed in, carrying fruits and other stuff from the Navy Yard to ships in the harbor. She's done her job and done it well for many years and we are glad she's ours cause she has many more years of harbor service left in her.

  

 


 

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Fireboat "Robert A. Van Wyck" 1898

 


Fireboat "Robert A. Van Wyck"
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"Robert A. Van Wyck*"
(1898-1948)
110' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"

*This boat was originally christened as the "William L Strong" but the name was changed to the
"Robert A. Van Wyck" prior to going into service (Van Wyck was the Mayor at the time).
It was renamed the "William L Strong" once again after the mayor's term ended in 1902.

 

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Fireboat "William L. Strong" 1898

 


Fireboat "William L Strong" taking up hose in snow
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
(AKA the Robert A VanWyck)
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

Extremely Rare picture showing the "Strong" with an extended crew cabin from her early days
(see the Van Wyck above). The extended cabin was removed within 6 months of her being
renamed as the "William L Strong" again.

 


Fireboat "William L Strong"  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 


Fireboat "William L Strong" & Tender "Smoke"  
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 


Fireboat "William L Strong" salutes USA military fleet 1936
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 


 


Fireboat "William L Strong" water display    
John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 



Fireboats "New Yorker" and "William L Strong" operating
    John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 


Fireboat "William L. Strong" and crew circa 1936.
 John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 

 


Fireboats "William L. Strong" and "John Purroy Mitchel"
battling a waterfront warehouse fire in March 1936.
William Noonan collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 


Fireboats "William L. Strong" and "John Purroy Mitchel"
battling a waterfront warehouse fire in March 1936.
NOTE: This is one of the earliest known color photos of the FDNY.
 John Landers - Beth Klein Collection

"William L. Strong"
(1898-1948)
100' x 24' x 12.6'. 6500 gpm.
Designed by H deB Parsons
Built by J. H. Dialogue & Son
Steel hull, 203 gross tons, 10 knots
Coal Fired
Berth Foot of Grand Street, Manhattan
"Engine 66"
"Engine 51"

 

 

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