Galveston’s New Fireboat
The fireboat Charles Clark, of Galveston. Tex., which was purchased a year ago for $35,000 and converted from a deep-sea tug into a modern marine fire craft, was placed in service October 29 by Chief J. H. Gernand. It is manned by a crew of 10 with Charles McClusky as captain. It is located at pier 23, where a station for its crew has been provided. It is estimated that the cost of maintaining the boat will be from $15,000 to $18,000 a year. Her total cost, including purchase price and expense of conversion, was $69,000. The boat is 100 feet over all, with a 22-foot beam and 12-foot draught. It burns oil. and its capacity is 4,000 gallons per minute. It is equipped with 2,000 feet of hose and has outlets for nine streams; it has a 2½-inch revolving nozzle on forward turret and a 2-inch revolving nozzle on after turret. It has two Fairbanks-Morse pumps of 1,500 gallons per minute capacity and one auxiliary Knowles pump of 1.000 gallons capacity, which can be used to pump water out of vessels. The boat will also be used for land fires to a distance of 2,000 feet from the water when its service is required.
Manitowoc, Wis.. will soon install a new pump to replace the old ones, which are obslete. They have not decided what power to use.