Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York

Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York A New York State chartered museum, 501c3 Exempt organization focused on the preservation and restoration of Fireboat Fire Fighter, FDNY Marine 9 1938-2010

04/14/2019

My new favorite quote .."You can’t set her on fire, you can’t sink her, and you can’t catch her." — William Francis Gibbs, designer of the SS United States

Minnesota First Responders
02/01/2019

Minnesota First Responders

Update on road conditions in the Upper Midwest.

The DOG Project - Friends of South Glos Strays
01/30/2019

The DOG Project - Friends of South Glos Strays

Please STOP giving free dogs away. This pup didn't deserve the two weeks of torture as a bait dog that he received. Please stop putting your pets on Facebook and Gumtree. These are hot spots for people looking for bait dogs and cats. KEEP sharing and getting the word out.!!!!

Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York's cover photo
07/22/2018

Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York's cover photo

03/07/2018
North Fork Oysters

Very cool..our friends at Little Creek shared a time lapse video...folks who are obviously more skilled at video than me. Thanks guys!

A little snowfall timelapse from the Little Creek StormCam. Love the Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York lights against the snowy sky at the end. Reminder- we are closed for some painting and spring (?) cleaning until Saturday.

12/23/2017

fireboat in the woods...that would be the best of both worlds

12/09/2017
North Fork Oysters

North Fork Oysters

Waterfront winter wonderland. Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York all dressed up for Christmas, snow falling, scallops in the smoker and something cozy in a mug. Bring on the snow!

These were taken most likely taken on or before her first day of service.....as it was customary to shoot water at bridg...
11/16/2017

These were taken most likely taken on or before her first day of service.....as it was customary to shoot water at bridges as a right of passage for fireboats.

Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York's cover photo
10/15/2017

Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York's cover photo

Brewster Fire Department
09/30/2017

Brewster Fire Department

Today the Brewster Fire Department took former Chief John Leather on his final ride, from Beechers to St Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery. Special thanks to Bedford Hills Fire Department for flying the American flag, and Carmel Fire Department and Croton Falls Fire Department for covering our calls. Rest easy Chief.

One of the Firefighter's four DeLaval Centrifugal Marine Pumps: each has an individual capacity of 5,000 gallons per min...
04/16/2017

One of the Firefighter's four DeLaval Centrifugal Marine Pumps: each has an individual capacity of 5,000 gallons per minute.

Timeline Photos
04/16/2017

Timeline Photos

Nice Picture......
01/18/2017

Nice Picture......

Pictured here you can see five vessels being simultaneously worked on at Goodison Shipyard today (from right to left).

The Fire Fighter - Finishing up water blasting and performing ultrasonic testing to determine what steel work is required.

F/V Evening Prayer- Performing Deck and Superstructure Steel Repair.

F/V Miss Scarlett- Rip out of the Engine room and forward compartments.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry - Final outfitting and recommissioning of systems.

Rosie (900 Ton Travelift) hauling STA Point Judith's 45ft response boat for drydock repairs.

Fire Fighter museum starting to run out of options
11/21/2016
Fire Fighter museum starting to run out of options

Fire Fighter museum starting to run out of options

Faced with recent roadblocks in raising money for restoration of the decommissioned FDNY fireboat docked in Greenport, Charlie Ritchie has launched a new fundraising campaign with the help of a familiar philanthropist. Mr. Ritchie, president of the Fireb

In 2015, we received two grants totaling $494K. The overall purpose of these grants is to preserve the vessel, more spec...
09/21/2016

In 2015, we received two grants totaling $494K. The overall purpose of these grants is to preserve the vessel, more specifically haul the boat out of the water, make the hull sound if needed, paint keel to the pipe deck, stem to stern and return to Greenport as now a living, moving museum able to do water displays and take on passengers.

The catch to all of this is that the grants we received are reimbursable, which means we need to pay the bill at the shipyard first and then be reimbursed later (1-3 months) . We received a nearly $100,000 advance from NY State to help seed the work, so if the project ends up costing the full $521,000, we still need to borrow from a bank, foundation or individual close to $400,000 to pay for our short stay in the shipyard (3-4 weeks) and then get paid back....I hope everyone understands. So far, no bank will approve a loan or line of credit due to our limited revenue every year and ability to pay interest on 400K...so deepens the Catch 22. If we do not secure either a loan or donation, we cannot do the work and face the terrible possibility of losing this grant money except the 100K advance. Our short term may be to do some work at the dock, whatever we are able to that is safe and within project guidelines. However I am asking all of you to help and tell everyyone of our plight and share this with others, the media and any possible donors/lenders you may know. Tell them we HAVE the MONEY...we just need a loan to be able to access it..If we don't the conditon of the hull worsens, our ability to move forward as a thriving moving museum will cease, and I fear within 5 years we will be without this import National Landmark and Fire Service Icon and Hero of 9/11....Please Help and SHARE THIS with as many people as you know. Thanks...and donations and further info can be foundon our site www.americasfireboat.org..

07/01/2016
INSH

INSH

In the hours after the planes hit the WTC, the largest maritime evacuation in history took place. This is that story.

Fire Fighter - America's Fireboat is in need of your donations NOW!....our grants have allowed us to get significantly c...
04/22/2016
America's Fireboat "Fire Fighter"

Fire Fighter - America's Fireboat is in need of your donations NOW!....our grants have allowed us to get significantly closer to our goal of getting to the shipyard this season. However, we still need close to $50,000 to complete all aspects of the project...any less and it may mean leaving important work to later on this trip. Also, our monthly bills total near $2000 for insurance, rent and utilities, money not coming from any grants..So, please watch our short video and give what you can today, or come out to the boat and take a tour and buy a t-shirt or make a donation in person...we would love to have you.....Helping us get to the shipyard soon will allow us to get up and running this summer and start some weekend sails out in Greenport and elsewhere,
https://vimeo.com/145418235

A Video Tribute Narrated by Charles Osgood

This winter I was thinking back to when we first arrived in Greenport, a little over three years ago. Winter allows us t...
03/31/2016

This winter I was thinking back to when we first arrived in Greenport, a little over three years ago. Winter allows us to pause and reflect, and often I do this too much. It also is a time to raise money to pay our bills and get through to spring, and better days. Together, it makes you think about whether it is all worth it, why do we do it?....why do we ask people to donate and support this project?. Well, read an editorial column I wrote just around this time in 2014...seems like just yesterday....Please read it when you too can you pause. If it has any meaning to you, maybe you can help us to make our bills and sustain ourselves. Even though we have grants that will give us a shipyard run very soon, not a penny can be used to pay the electric bill ...unfortunately . Thanks for reading and hopefully you can help us out.

Fire Fighter – America’s Fireboat

Presumptuous maybe, but Fire Fighter represents everything about America that was and is good. Laid down at the height of the shipbuilding industry in a country approaching WWII, designed by a premier Naval architect (William Francis Gibbs) for “Fighter” the die was cast – she was bound for greatness and great things she did. A National Historic Landmark since 1989, Gallant Ship award in 1974, and one of the Heroes of the Harbor who came to the aid of those embedded in the tragedy of 9/11, this vessel is truly the most famous fireboat in the world.

If you are curious and decide to read about her, you will find historical records of the many fires and rescues, as well as the staggering capabilities of a vessel built a long time ago in 1938, years ahead of her time. Physical attributes that eventually would have engineers calling her “the most powerful fireboat in the world”. Her hull design, amazing engine room, and battle ready capabilities as a firefighting apparatus, are testament to her 72 years of service to the City of New York. Although these things alone prove her value to the citizens she protected and the men who served as crew, it’s something a bit more intangible that stands out about “Fighter”. Nothing is more apparent and enduring then the love that people have for this special boat. Many of these people are from all over this country, this world; many of them FDNY firemen and crew, many volunteer firemen from this area, and some who just knew her one time in their lives and the memory stuck. A gentleman, seemingly in his seventies approached me and asked where she was docked originally: I responded “In lower Manhattan and Brooklyn”. His eyes lit up with surprise and pointed at the boat and said “That’s the same fireboat I went on when I was 10 years old on a school trip”. Another speechless moment for me; this boat continues to surprise me with its living history and lives it has touched .

In this first year as a museum in Greenport, many people have visited Fire Fighter. Aside from the few who commented on her aging appearance and seemingly impossible restoration process, many talked of events, people or circumstances that somehow connected them to the fireboat. During this time, the most peculiar thing said to me was simply “Thank You”. Not for giving them the tour or sharing my knowledge of the vessel, but more “thanks, thanks for saving her” – to which I had no reply. The reason this has such significance for me and hopefully all of us, is everything that has performed on this vessel, endured and stood fast under stress, was built right here in America. At a time when we were noted for building things and building well. Reminders that represent these moments in history must endure, or we are destined for mediocrity.

A year ago just after a big snowstorm, volunteer crew shoved the Fireboat Fire Fighter off from FDNY Marine Headquarters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We cruised at some points well above 15 knots, and arrived at the East Dock at 4:30 PM, 100 miles in just 9 hours for a supposed ailing, decrepit old boat. Not a drop of sea water came inside Fighter’s hull that day, and since docking in Greenport, not a drop as leaked through its alleged permeable hull. Since arriving in Greenport our mission is and always has been to integrate the museum into the town’s culture and slowly do our restoration work, increase our programming, and recruit area volunteers and supporters. This past year, despite our detractor’s efforts, we prevailed and saw hundreds if not thousands of visitors cross our rails to see this great piece of history. We also recruited valuable volunteers from the area, retired mariners like Henry Wassmer from Southold, Fighter’s veteran Chief Engineer for 17 years; it’s his boat really – we are just borrowing it.

It seems to me that the controversy in Greenport can be summed up in one phrase “What if?” Some have chosen to pose their “What ifs” in the negative vain; what if you sink? , what if there is a storm? , what if there are fuel leaks? I would like to pose some “what ifs” of my own to the people of Greenport and see if they share our vision. What if the town allowed us to stay, and continue to restore the boat, attract visitors to a lonely part of town, and offer tours and programs to the public – for free? What if no more fishing boats ever came to dock at the railroad pier? What if in the next year more supporters and donors came to her aid, grants were awarded and Fighter got the well-deserved shipyard work she needs? What if this did happen?; what would she look like sitting at the foot of the pier, in her 1938 paint scheme, brass shining, ready for visitors and day trippers?.....is that not a better vision than the one the town is proposing now, watching our stern disappear into the distance forever?

Glad this time his behind us and we can continue to grow and prosper in Greenport. Thank you

After a two-month winter break, I will finally be returning to my regular weekend shedule :) tomorrow- it has been far t...
03/26/2016

After a two-month winter break, I will finally be returning to my regular weekend shedule :) tomorrow- it has been far too long! -Kaylee

Recently found this incredible picture of the 1942 burning of the USS LAFAYETTE  (SS NORMANDIE). The Firefighter is to t...
03/10/2016

Recently found this incredible picture of the 1942 burning of the USS LAFAYETTE (SS NORMANDIE). The Firefighter is to the right on the bottom of the image, distinguishable by the 33 foot tower on her stern.

Kaylee speaking here: been working on a model of the Fighter- its pretty cool, she was originally black with white super...
02/26/2016

Kaylee speaking here: been working on a model of the Fighter- its pretty cool, she was originally black with white superstructure and all the brass polished as well as her stack colored a tan color. She was only painted red within more recent years.

Timeline Photos
02/08/2016

Timeline Photos

The BIG U, the SS UNITED STATES our "little sister" is having her fate decided tomorrow as to what her reconstruction pl...
02/04/2016
DONATE AND JOIN | SS United States Conservancy

The BIG U, the SS UNITED STATES our "little sister" is having her fate decided tomorrow as to what her reconstruction plans will be and of where she is going to be located. The press conference is at 10 AM - stay tuned

DONATE AND JOIN Click the tab below to select donation level:Select Donor Level $25 USD SS UNITED STATES FRIEND $50 USD SS UNITED STATES SUPPORTER $100 USD SS UNITED STATES ASSOCIATE $250 USD SS UNITED STATES BENEFACTOR $500 USD SS UNITED STATES CHAMPION $1,000 USD CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS SUPPORTER $2,50…

Photos from Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York's post
01/31/2016

Photos from Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum -New York's post

Just a peek into one of the winter restoration projects, these are some brass fittings from the Firefighter's Gold Room ...
01/15/2016

Just a peek into one of the winter restoration projects, these are some brass fittings from the Firefighter's Gold Room that were cleaned just yesterday. They are not complete, however look far better minus the oxidation and flaking paint. Tonight these fine pieces will be further cleaned and buffed out. 😊-Kaylee

Now that's a beautiful thing. Nice cover w/ two page story. :) -Kaylee
01/08/2016

Now that's a beautiful thing. Nice cover w/ two page story. :) -Kaylee

Some cool pics I found from the 1956 Bush Terminal fire. -Kaylee
01/07/2016

Some cool pics I found from the 1956 Bush Terminal fire. -Kaylee

Museumships
12/31/2015
Museumships

Museumships

Rescuing LV72 still making headlines, but she hasn't moved yet.....

NYC Fire Wire
12/23/2015

NYC Fire Wire

Today, FF Ray Pfeifer, E-40, is in our thoughts. He is going into 14 hour surgery to reconstruct his leg. Ray is fighting 9/11 cancer and his leg had too many tumors. A consideration was to amputate the leg but Ray is a fighter and the decision was made to not let Cancer ruin his life. Today, they are reconstructing the leg, next month it is brain surgery. 2 days before Christmas and his family has to go through this. We are with you, Ray!

This weekend past...-Kaylee
12/21/2015

This weekend past...-Kaylee

FOX 5 / Fox5NY.com
11/26/2015

FOX 5 / Fox5NY.com

The FDNY ordered it's two most powerful fireboats, our Firefighter and the John J Harvey to go and simply sink the burni...
11/21/2015

The FDNY ordered it's two most powerful fireboats, our Firefighter and the John J Harvey to go and simply sink the burning potencial bomb in the harbor. With a combined pumping capacity of 38,000 gpm, the two fireboats quickly sank the threatening vessel and averted the disaster waiting to happen.
In Halifax, in 1917 a similar situation occurred with the SS MONT-BLANC, a French ship of which unfortunately detonated with a force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT killing approximately 2,000 people and causing a small however devastating tsunami from the blast.

The SS EL ESTERO was a 335 ft. long general cargo freighter launched in 1920. In April of 1943, she was offloading 1,365...
11/19/2015

The SS EL ESTERO was a 335 ft. long general cargo freighter launched in 1920. In April of 1943, she was offloading 1,365 tons of mixed ammunition at Caven Point Terminal in NYC harbor when a boiler flashback ignited a fire in the EL ESTERO'S oily bilge water. Now this gigantic potencial bomb was burning in the harbor threatening several other ammunition vessels/piers in the area, a grand total of 5,000 tons of mixed explosives. The FDNY called in two of its most powerful fireboats to deal with the fire...to be continued. The picture below is the before/after pictures of the 1943 incident.

And the top deck is painted black! Whooohooo!
11/13/2015

And the top deck is painted black! Whooohooo!

Looking nice in the sunset light :).-Kaylee La Spisa
11/11/2015

Looking nice in the sunset light :).
-Kaylee La Spisa

FDNY Fireboat Firefighter at her berth in Greenport.
11/05/2015

FDNY Fireboat Firefighter at her berth in Greenport.

She's saved!
10/30/2015

She's saved!

Dear Members and Supporters,

Our First Lady of the Sea shines valiantly in the morning sun as she can breathe a sigh of relief, for the United States has reached well over $100,000 in donations over our fundraising drive this month!

Congratulations to Susan Gibbs and the rest of the Team at the SSUSC, and our supporters for helping us make the difference!

Although we have reached well over the amount initially specified, we will continue to need your help by donating and spreading the word. This maritime masterpiece has made it this long, and she will continue to do such as she heads for a second fabulous life.

Again, thank each and every one of you for your contributions, donations, and efforts to help us save America's Flagship.

Michael D Strasbaugh
Chairman
Southeast Chapter
SS United States Conservancy

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Mitchell Park Marina, East Dock
Greenport, NY
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Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

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