Bids Received for New York Fireboat The low bid for the construction of a fireboat for New York City is $1,426,000 which is $139,000 higher than the engineer’s estimate. The description of the proposed boat was published in November issue of Fire Engineering. The bid was submitted by John H. Mathis of Camden, N. J. The specifications contained a limitation of 100 miles from New York City. The only other bid was that of Bethlehem Steel Co. of Staten Island, New York—$1,790,000. The City Department of Purchase is debating whether to trim the specifications to fit the estimated appropriation or ask the Board of Estimate for an additional appropriation to meet the low bid.