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Greenport in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fire Fighter

Has been designated a National Historic Landmark

 
 
Fire Fighter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 9, 2017
1. Fire Fighter Marker
Inscription.  

This vessel possesses national significance
in commemorating the History of the
United States of America

Designed by Naval Architect William Francis Gibbs and built by the United Shipyards of Staten Island in 1938, Fire Fighter served New York Harbor for more than seventy years. The most powerful fireboat of its time, it fought the S.S. Normandie Fire in 1942 and the Sea Witch/ESSO Brussels fire in 1973. Later in its service life, it pumped water to the World Trade Center site after the 2001 attack.

 
Erected 1989 by National Park Service United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 41° 5.987′ N, 72° 21.692′ W. Marker is in Greenport, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from 3rd Street (New York State Route 114) south of Wiggins Street when traveling south. Marker is a metal tablet mounted on the subject Fire Fighter Boat.
Fire Fighter Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible left of doorway</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 9, 2017
2. Fire Fighter Marker (wide view; marker visible left of doorway)
The Fire Fighter Boat is a floating museum exhibit berthed at the old railroad dock adjacent to East End Seaport Marine Museum. The museum and exhibit are located at the foot of 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenport NY 11944, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Sites of Early Mills and Bridges (approx. 2˝ miles away); Webb House (approx. 4 miles away); Poquatuck Park (approx. 4 miles away); The Methodist Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Capt. John Underhill Home Site / Historic Peck's Inn (approx. 4.3 miles away); Horton Point Lighthouse (approx. 4˝ miles away); Town of Southold (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Point House (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. New York City Fire Boats.
The Fire Department of New York City has a very long and historic history of fighting fires on land and the sea. The city has 560 miles of waterfront and has long been one of the busiest ports in the world. The "Firefighter" of Marine 9 is possibly one of the most powerful and famous of all boats. Following 9/11, the department recognized the continued value of a fire boat fleet and developed plans for upgrading the fleet to meet the needs of the future. (Submitted on March 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. History of the Fire Fighter.
During a career which spanned seven decades protecting New York Harbor, the Fire Fighter and the crews
Fire Fighter Boat (<i>bow view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 9, 2017
3. Fire Fighter Boat (bow view)
who manned her wove a history of tradition, service, action, valor, sacrifice, tragedy and hard-earned pride unlike any other in the modern world. Present for nearly every maritime emergency in New York City’s history during her time in service with the City of New York Fire Department, the Fire Fighter has seen both herself and her crew decorated for valor more times than any other fireboat, and her roles in some of the 50 major multi-alarm fires she battled during her career have become the stuff of legend among the marine community. A National Historic Landmark, for a period of 65 years held the title of World’s Most Powerful Fireboat. (Submitted on March 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Fire Fighter.
In front line service for over seven decades protecting New York Harbor, Fire Fighter has the hard-earned distinction of being the most award-decorated fireboat in the world, and at the time of her 2010 decommissioning she was the second oldest fireboat in front line service worldwide. As a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fire Fighter is a truly significant piece of American history now available to the general public. (Submitted on March 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Fire Fighter Boat (<i>side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 9, 2017
4. Fire Fighter Boat (side view)
Fire Fighter Boat (<i>stern view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 9, 2017
5. Fire Fighter Boat (stern view)
Fire Fighter Boat (<i>hose pump connection detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 9, 2017
6. Fire Fighter Boat (hose pump connection detail)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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