Moscow Patterns Boat After Portland, Me. Portland, Me., which claims the lead in a fireboat design, is rather proud that when Moscow, Russia, planned to build a fireboat, it decided to pattern the boat after the Portland design. The boat is to be built at East Boothbay, Me., by the Rice Brothers Corporation. After it is completed, it will go under its own power to New York City, and there will be placed on the deck of a freighter for its trip to Moscow, a distance of 7,000 miles. Portland built its diesel operated boat in 1931. In 1936, Chicago built one, a duplicate of the Maine boat, after studying the designs of Boston and New York.