Emergency Fireboat Without Propeller
The floods that inundated Cincinnati occurred last year, but two years previous to that, plans were being made for a boat that proved its worth in duty during the flood. The boat was constructed in forty-eight hours after the emergency developed.
The boat is minus a propeller. The drive is obtained by nozzles below the water line which discharges water under high pressure. The nozzles are part of a movable unit, located at the stern, which serve as a rudder and also as the propelling agent. The nozzles are rotated by means of the conventional steering wheel.
For flood service, high speed cannot be used, and the propeller soon becomes enmeshed with debris.
The boat is able to take complete or partial draft from the hull itself, with the fire pump acting as a bilge pump. This makes it possible to reach safety, should the boat be damaged. A large turret nozzle, made for this boat by the Akron Brass Company, is placed on the stern deck.
The boat was constructed by the Hanley Engineering Service, Prospect. Ohio. The driving and pumping unit is a Deluge single stage centrifugal pump of special design for fireboat work. It has a capacity of 800 g.p.m. The floods proved the value of a boat of this type.