NEW FIREBOAT FOR BOSTON.
The plans and specifications for the new fireboat for the defence of Boston’s waterfront arc ready. It will be the third fireboat for the city. Of the two old ones No. 33 is not in commission, and the whole burden of the work falls on No. 44. which went into service on March 1, 1896. The new boat will be built to withstand severe winter service in the ice. It will have two pumps, with a pressure of 175 lb., capacity of 6,000 gal. of salt water per minute, capable of throwing streams to any point where the boat may be called into service. Four large monitor swivel nozzles will carry the streams, two being on the forward main deck, one on the top of the pilothouse and one on the deckhouse amidships. There will be twelve outlets for 314-111. and 214-in. hose. She will draw about 2 ft. less water than the old one, and will, therefore, be able to go to places inaccessible to No. 44. Her length over all will be 113 ft. 9 in.; beam, 26 ft.; draught, 9 ft. She will have her ow;i electric plant and searchlight—aids lacked by No. 44. Her two boilers will be of the Scotch type, 11 ft. x 10 ft. 9 in., with a working pressure of 140 lb. and a forced draught. A new device has been installed to keep the boilers warm all the time, so that the boat can go into service instantly. The hull of the boat will be sheathed with copper, so that it will not foul while lying at the wharf. The bulkheads, coal bunkers, tanks and deckhouse are to be of steel. F’ireboats of many other cities have been inspected, and Boston’s new boat will include the best features of the others. The plans were drawn by William T., Keough, consulting engineer and naval arclii tect, and, in order to make these all the more complete, the waterfront and other conditions were carefully inspected and reported upon by Chief Mullen, of the fire department, and Eugene M. Byington, supervisor of fire engines, and Robert A. Ritchie, captain of fireboat No. 44.