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ddmckee54

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FDNY Fireboat New Yorker
« on: June 10, 2011, 03:03:47 AM »

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a short description and general plan layout drawing of the fireboat New Yorker in Howell's "Steam Vessels and Marine Engines".  The drawing showsthat there are two props on a single shaft with a universal joint between the front and rear props with the rear prop steerable.  I have Googled the boat, the builder and the designer with minimal results.  I found a couple of paragraphs on the Marine 1 FDNY website and a couple of videos made from 1903 Edison film clips.

I'm making drawings from the drawing in the Howell book but it is fairly low resolution and leaves a lot to the imagination.  It fascinates me that this boat was built in the 1890's and has a steerable prop.  I want to build a steam powered model of this fireboat but I need to find more information to be accurate.  I've emailed Marine 1 FDNY but I haven't received any reply yet.  Anybody out there have any information on this boat that they'd like to share?

Thanks,
Don

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Re: FDNY Fireboat New Yorker
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 07:13:59 AM »

Hi Don,

Us modellers certainly know how to pick obscure subjects!
 I have no idea where you can find any information on "THE NEW YORKER" (1890-1931) 125'x26'x12'. 13,000 gpm.
 but good luck anyway.
  Martin  :-)

http://www.fireboat.org/history/fleetlist.asp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF583TBDo1I
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Re: FDNY Fireboat New Yorker
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2011, 02:21:31 PM »

Martin and DickyD:

Thanks for the effort, the picture of the Thomas Willett gives me a better idea of what a fireboat from this period should look like.  I guess that I'll keep working on the Autocad drawings and hope that Marine 1 FDNY will come through with more information.

Thanks again,
Don
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