This summer following our long stay in New London, we journeyed up the Mystic River to the Mystic Seaport Museum for the 1st time ever. We took it slow up the windy and narrow river, but the result was one of the most beautiful sails that Fighter has ever taken….all during this there were many people waving and saying hello, and horns blowing. Once through the two bridges, we landed on the north seawall of the Working Shipyard at Mystic in center view of all the visitors coming through the south entrance amongst working boats of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
We originally were drawn to the seaport for the annual Antique Marine Engine Exhibition, and the folks at Mystic though it was a natural fit for our unique power plant, and many visitors, buffs and seaport staff greeted us with genuine respect and admiration. Afterwards though, the Fighter seemed to fit in as a natural part of the collection and many visitors were drawn to her – standing out amongst other National Landmark ships and exhibits…so much so that nearly 10,400 people visited for a free tour during the one month stay (4500 in New London) and we got to be present for the re-launching of the Mayflower II which drew even more people to the fireboat that weekend.
On September 11th, we moderated a film showing of “Fireboats of 9/11” in the Seaport’s Mason Room, to 40 visitors who asked questions and again thanked us fro bringing […]
Recently we were invited in New London for an extended stay and to be on duty as a dockside attraction. Also, we did a water display for the folks attending the annual SailFest event and stayed on until August 17th for several events , but the highlight for us was being docked next to America’s Tall SHIp the USCG Barque EAGLE. It was such a sight being parked right next to her, and so the many people who visited the EAGLE, came across the dock to visit America’s Fireboat – Fire Fighter. Our stay in New London brought in over 5000 visitors and a very welcoming city and its citizens. We look to return to New London some day soon and visit with the cadets and the EAGLE again.
Watch a new short video about the efforts to save Fire Fighter – America’s Fireboat, narrated by Charles Osgood and directed by Noah Therrien. Watch and listen to our all-volunteer team who are trying to save this important vessel. Find out what you can do!
Join us as we honor Fire Fighter – America’s Fireboat
Time: 10AM to 10PM
Where: The Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum, adjacent
to the Shelter Island Ferry dock, Wiggins and
Third Streets, Greenport, New York
Tour Fire Fighter, listen to some great music, and
enjoy some refreshment as we honor
Fire Fighter – America’s Fireboat.
Schedule of Events
Tours: 10AM to 2PM
Dedication Ceremony: 2PM
Fire Fighter Water Display: 3:30PM-4:30PM
Traditional Irish Music: 6PM
Festivities End: 10PM
Friday Night Dialogues at the Shelter Island Library
The Shelter Island Library is located at 37 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, New York.
Admission is free.
We hope to see you for a panel discussion moderated by Judy Hole, trustee of the Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum, a viewing of The Fireboats of 9-11, and a sneak peak of the new museum video.
Fire Fighter has been awarded a National Maritime Heritage Grant that requires matching donations to complete her restoration. Donated funds have been earmarked to make overdue repairs and inspections to her hull, as well as mend and maintain her engines.