Baltimore Fire Service
Making an average speed of 14 miles an hour and throwing 7,000 gallons of water a minute from eight pipes the new fire boat Cataract showed up so well in a trial trip on April 4 that she will be accepted and placed in service as an auxiliary to the Deluge. The trial was in charge of Chief Emrich. The Cataract is equipped with four 1 1/4-mch pipes and four l 3/4-inch pipes and cost $65,000. The machinery was taken from the old Cataract. The new boat cost $65,000, is 100 feet long and has 25 feet beam and 12.6 feet depth of hold, with a mean draft of 8.65 feet. The engines are of the special fireboat type known as 18-inch square, with a stroke of 18 inches developing 800 horse-power. The boilers are of the watertube type, tested to stand a working pressure of 200 pounds to the square inch. There are two monitors and a tall and short tower, on top of which are nozzles. There are altogether 28 outlets for streams, which makes the vessel a formidable fire fighter.