New York Fireboat “James Duane” Tested
The performance of the New York fireboat “James Duane” during her recent official tests indicated that she will be one of the most efficient fire fighters afloat. Under the most exacting conditions she exceeded the expectations of the engineers and demonstrated her ability to handle more water per minute than the guarantees called for.
The tests were held at the Clinton plant of the Todd Shipyards Corporation, where new turbines and pumps have just been installed, in the presence of the Fire Commissioner Thomas Drennan and other officials from the fire department and the National Board of Fire Underwriters. The new pumps are Lee-Courtney centrifugal single-stage, doublesuction, driven by Westinghouse steam turbines. Against a nozzle pressure of 150 pounds, the pumps discharged 9,800 gallons of water per minute; against a nozzle pressure of 175 pounds, the pumps delivered 7,900 gallons per minute, and against a nozzle pressure of 300 pounds, the pumps delivered 4,850 gallons of water per minute. The guarantee called for 9,000 gallons of water against a nozzle pressure of 150 pounds; 7,500 gallons of water against a nozzle pressure of 175 pounds; 3,000 gallons of water against a nozzle pressure of 300 pounds. Against a nozzle pressure of 90 pounds, from all appearances, the pumps would be able to deliver 12,000 gallons of water per minute, in case it was necessary to flood the hold of a ship.
Those present at the tests, which lasted six hours, were: William H. Todd, George J. Robinson, Frank J. Taylor, J. Herbert Todd and William Robinson, of the Todd Shipyards Corporation; Commissioner Thomas Drennan, Chiefs E. J. Worth, B. Marshall, J. J. Henry, Herbert Tracy, Capt. S. Burns, Lieut. Geo. McNear and Fred Thompson,” of the fire department; J. H. Howland and N. M. Welpert of the National Board of Fire Underwriters; W. F. Meyer of the Lee-Courtney Pump Company; George Werley and Norris Sibley of the Westinghouse Electric Company.