Tour Visiting Vessel FIRE FIGHTER + Watch a Film Screening of “Fireboats of 9/11”
In honor of September 11, Mystic Seaport Museum will screen the film Fireboats of 9/11 (66 min.) in which visiting vessel and National Historic Landmark Fire Fighter has a starring role in the FDNY Marine Unit response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Fireboats of 9/11 takes viewers behind the scenes of the famed NYC Fire Department Marine Division, documenting their incredible courage and effectiveness on September 11, 2001, as well as their long and exemplary history of safeguarding lives and property along New York’s waterfront.
Be sure to visit the vessel in person while she is docked at Mystic Seaport Museum; she will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 11. Fire Fighter is a fully operational vessel, memorial, and teaching museum, and fought more than 50 major fires in her 72-year active career. Designed by renowned naval architect William Francis Gibbs in 1938, Fire Fighter was built from the keel-up as a modern engineering marvel, capable of pumping 20,000 gallons of water per minute to nine topside fire monitors. She was one of the first vessels of her size to be fitted with diesel-electric power plants.
Transferred to the ownership of the Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum in October 2012 and relocated to Greenport, N.Y., in February 2013, she now has a chance to share her decks with the rest of the country as a living tribute to her crews, her architect and the truly astounding amount of American history that has she has witnessed.