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The Harvey: Quick Facts, Figures

Placed in service in 1931, it set the standard for modern fireboats.

Here are some quick facts about the , the famous FDNY fireboat known as "Marine 2," and now on display at the Oyster Bay waterfront. Information is drawn from a variety of sources, including the Harvey's website:

  • Placed in service in December, 1931; retired 1994. Recommissioned as "Marine 2" on Sept. 11, 2001; North River, off Lower Manhattan.
  • Battled numerous famous waterfront fires, including the five alarm blaze that destroyed Cunard's original Pier 54 in May, 1932 and the destruction of the French luxury cruise ship Normandie in 1942, as it was being refitted as a troop ship.
  • Entire crew decorated for valor after battling the raging fire aboard the ammunition ship El Estero in 1943. The Harvey teamed with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Fire Fighter to put the El Estero on the bottom of New York Harbor.
  • Built of steel, 130-feet long with a 9-foot draft. She is propelled by twin screws six feet in diameter which made it the largest and most powerful fireboat in the world when built, capable of up to 20 knots.

In-depth details on the Harvey's engineering can be found here.


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