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Boston, MA


Original Feature Posted April 26, 2004 - Re-launched January 28, 2012
Updated June 4, 2016

Boston Marine Division   Old Boats  New M-1    New M-2, M-3
Massport Marine Division  Massport Old   Massport New
 

BOSTON MARINE DIVISION

BOSTON CITY FIRE BOATS
The City of Boston has a large, active harbor.
Like many water front cities, it has had fire boats for many years.
Over the years, many large fires were battled by fire boats.
In the 1970's Boston built the "Firefighter"
which has served for nearly 40 years.
The city had several smaller boats as well.

Boston recently replaced the "Firefighter" with a new boat
called the "John S. Damrell" in 2011.

In 2016 Boston added another new boat, Marine 2, known as "Father Dan."
This boat is a smaller aluminum outboard boat. 

A Search & Rescue Dive Team boat "Marine 3" the "Captain John Kenney"
was put in service in 2010.

Boston harbor is also protected by the Massport Fire Department
based at Logan International Airport.

 

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BOSTON BOAT PROJECT
NEW BOSTON BOAT

Map showing the Boston Harbor area.

More detailed map of Boston Harbor area.

 

Marine Unit
Boston Fire Department
Photo from 1980's


 

OLD BOATS



"Firefighter"
Boston Fireboat 1
Built 1972
72' length, 19'6" beam, 5'6" draft
6,000 gpm Capacity
Served 1972 - 2011
Photo 1984
Replaced in 2011


Boston Fireboats at dock May 2002
1972 "Firefighter" and 1992 "St. Florian II"
 



"Firefighter"
Boston Fireboat 1
Built 1972
72' length, 19'6" beam, 5'6" draft
6,000 gpm Capacity
Replaced in 2011

 



"St. Florian"
Boston Fireboat 2
Built in 1976
45' LOA, 15' beam, 4' 2" draft
3,000 gpm

 

"St. Florian II"
Boston Fireboat 2
30 foot
1,000 gpm
Built in 1992
Served until 2008
Sold to New Bedford Fire Department
Photo March 2006

 

"Norman Knight"
Boston Fireboat 2
2006 Boston Whaler 24'
Donated by Leary Firefighters Foundation

 

"Marine 1"
Boston Fireboat 1 "Firefighter" and the new Boston Fireboat "John S. Damrell"
in 2011.
 

"John S. Damrell"
2011 Metal Craft Firestorm 69
70' 10" LOA, 22' 1 5/8" beam, 3' 0" draft
12,000 gpm
Aluminum boat
speed 35 knots

Boston Marine 1 Responding
September 6, 2015

 

 

Marine 1
June 4, 2016

 

The new 2016 Armstrong "Marine 2"  "Father Dan"
alongside Marine 1
June 2016

 

Marine 3
Download from the web of Boston's 30' Ribcraft boat used for Dive Rescue operations.

Boston's Marine Division at Burroughs Wharf in Boston's north end.
June 2016

 

Boston

Boston Marine Division   Old Boats  New M-1    New M-2, M-3
Massport Marine Division  Massport Old   Massport New

 

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