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                      Station 21                                              Headquarters / Station 10                     App. 125 inside Station 20

                                           Fireboat "Snoqualmie"                        Engine room of fireboat "Duwamish"

 

        

On this page, we will attempt to chronicle the history of the fire stations and apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department,  beginning with the "volunteer" department, progressing through the establishment of the "paid" department in 1889, continuing through the horse-drawn era and onto the motorized apparatus, eventually ending with the newest rig on the SFD roster.

The LAST RESORT FIRE DEPARTMENT is in possession of hundreds of photographs, documents, and historical data that we've collected and preserved over the last 40-plus years, which we hope to include on this page.  With the possible exception of some temporary structures in the early days, our plan is to include photographs of every fire station that has existed in the city of Seattle, with accompanying street locations, in-service dates, and any noteworthy data.  We also intend to include photos of every piece of fire apparatus the S.F.D. has had on its roster from the beginning of the "paid" department in 1889, to the present, including pre-1889 volunteer equipment, and apparatus acquired through annexations, with appropriate captions for each photo.  For those rigs and stations that underwent major modifications, we will attempt to include photos of each configuration. 

In addition to the dozens of motorized apparatus the SFD has purchased since 1910, we will attempt to include all 19 horse-drawn steamers, the 3 chemical wagons, the 9 ladder trucks, and hopefully, the 35 horse-drawn hose wagons . . . and the water tower, the chief's buggies, and all the fireboats.

Developing this page will be a huge job, and we will work on the project as time allows.  We suggest you check this page from time to time to see our progress. 

The photos below are a "sampling" of what we hope will be a comprehensive photographic history of Seattle Fire Department stations and apparatus. 

 

All photos on this page, and on this website are the property of the LAST RESORT FIRE DEPARTMENT, unless otherwise noted.  Photos and information contained on this website may not be reproduced in any form without express permission from the LAST RESORT FIRE DEPARTMENT or the owner of the photo as listed in the photo credits.

         

         We are still in the beginning stages of creating this page, but eventually
         you'll be able to navigate directly to all the categories below.  We will be
         continuing with the "fire stations" and "motorized" sections soon.
 
         It's a large page, so it may take a few moments for all the photos to "load".
    
        

 
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FIRE STATIONS

          HORSE-DRAWN APPARATUS:
                Steamers
                Ladder trucks
                Chemical engines
                Water tower
                Hose wagons
                Chief's buggies
                Miscellaneous

          MOTORIZED APPARATUS:
                1910-1919
                1920-1929
                1930-1939
                1940-1949
                1950-1959
                1960-1969
                1970-1979
                1980-1989
                1990-1999

                2000-2009

                2010-

         
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     Fire Stations of the Seattle Fire Department
  
    Over 100 stations beginning in 1890 + Volunteer Stations, Temporary Quarters,
                Alarm Centers, Sub-Stations, Annexed Stations, Fireboat Bunk Shacks,
                          Medic Quarters, Training Facilities & Maintenance Shops
         
     
                                          Primary Stations Numbered 1 thru 41

      

                           Temporary Headquarters following
                                        "Great Seattle Fire"


            

                                       SFD Temporary Headquarters (1889-1890)

                                                      3rd Ave & University St

                                                             Photo taken:  1890

                         Temporary canvas-roofed structure was built after Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889

              Occupied until Nov 1, 1890 when SFD moved into new Headquarters (Station 1) shown below

                                                                           Torn down:  1890                                                            

                          Current use of property:  Commercial structure - Central Business District

 
      

                   Temporary Quarters of Chemical 1 beginning
                          six months after "Great Seattle Fire"

                                     Chemical 1 organized - December 12, 1889

           

    

                              SFD Temporary Quarters of Chemical 1 (1889-1890)

                                               Western Ave (West St) & Spring St

                                                             Photo taken:  1890

                            Structure temporarily occupied 6 months after Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889

               Occupied until July, 1890 when Chemical 1 moved into temporary Headquarters shown above

                                                                        Torn down:  Unknown                                                           

                          Current use of property:  Commercial structure - Central Business District

      

                                                  Station 1


            

                        SFD Headquarters (1890-1903) / Fire Station #1 (1890-1937)

                                                      7th Ave & Columbia St

                                                            Photo taken:  1910

                This structure served as Headquarters until 1903 at which time Headquarters moved to Station 10

            Station 1 continued to remain the quarters for several companies until it finally closed for good in 1937

                                                                             

              NOTE: The bell in the top of the hose tower is currently on display at the Museum of History & Industry

             The "1890" granite block seen above the two center bay door openings has been preserved by the LRFD

 

              

                                             SFD Fire Station #1 (1890-1937)

                                                      7th Ave & Columbia St

                  Photo taken:  1916, after station reconfigured due to Columbia Street re-grade in 1913

                          After the fire department moved out in 1937, the building was used by the Office of

                                   Civilian Defense until it was demolished for construction of the freeway

                                                                           Torn down:  1961

                                                          Current use of property:  Freeway onramp

  

 

                        

                               Photo taken:  February, 1961 - showing original "front" of station

                                                     

 

                                                                    

                            Photo taken:  February, 1961 - showing detail of "1890" granite block

 

                   

   

                                                                      Photo taken:  February, 1961

 

 

              

                                                         Photo taken:  1961 - just prior to demolition

 

        


                                                      Station 2

 

 

                           

                                             SFD Fire Station #2 (1890-1906)

                                                          3rd Ave & Pine St

                                                           Photo taken:  1901

                                                                    Torn down:  Approx. 1907

                                                     Current use of property:  Macy's Department Store

 

    

                 

                                             SFD Fire Station #2 (1906-1921)

                                                          3rd Ave & Pine St

                                                           Photo taken:  1907                                      

                                                  

 

              

                                              SFD Fire Station #2 (1906-1921)

                                                           3rd Ave & Pine St

                                             Photo taken:  1916 after addition of 5th bay

                                                      Current use of property:  Macy's Department Store

 

 

              

                                           SFD Fire Station #2 (1921-present)

                                                       4th Ave & Battery St

                                                          Photo taken:  1937                                     



              

                              

                               SFD temporary Fire Station #2 (7-1-86 - 12-27-86)

                                                           5th Ave & Vine St

                                                    Temporary quarters during remodel

                                                             Ex-Totem Pontiac dealership 

                                    Current use of property:  Commercial structure - Belltown Business District



              

            

                                           SFD Fire Station #2 (1921-present)

                                                       4th Ave & Battery St

                                                          Photo taken:  1989              

 

 

              

                               SFD temporary Fire Station #2 (3-11-09 - 7-20-10)

                                                      Aurora Ave N & Thomas St

                                                    Temporary quarters during remodel

                                                              Ex-site of Denny's Restaurant 

                                                                   Current use of property:  Vacant lot

 

 

              

                                           SFD Fire Station #2 (1921-present)

                                                       4th Ave & Battery St

                                                          Photo taken:  2010              

 

 

              

                                           SFD Fire Station #2 (1921-present)

                                                       4th Ave & Battery St

                                                          Photo taken:  2010              

 

        

 

                                                     Chemical 2

 

 

              

                                      SFD Chemical Engine House #2 (1890-1904)

                                                       Broadway & Terrace St

                                                           Photo taken:  1890

                                                      

 

                 

                                      SFD Chemical Engine House #2 (1890-1904)

                                                       Broadway & Terrace St

                                                           Photo taken:  1901

                                                                  

 

                             

                                      SFD Chemical Engine House #2 (1890-1904)

                                                       Broadway & Terrace St

                Photo taken:  1910 - abandoned, boarded up & with broken windows, awaiting demolition

                                                                    Torn down:  Approx. 1910

                   Current use of property:  Landscaped triangle bordered by Boren Ave, Broadway & Terrace St

 

        

 

                                                     Chemical 3

 

 

              

                                     SFD Chemical Engine House #3 (1893-1903)

                                                       1st Ave W & W Lee St

                                                           Photo taken:  1901

                                                           Current use of property:  Saint Anne's School

 

        

 

                                                      Station 3

 

 

               

                                               SFD Fire Station #3 (1890-1904)

                                                         8th Ave S & S Main St

                                                           Photo taken:  Approx. 1890

                                                    

                

    

                                              SFD Fire Station #3 (1890-1904)

                                                         8th Ave S & S Main St

                                 Photo taken:  1901 after bay-doors widened to accommodate 3-horse hitch

                                                          Current use of property:  Freeway main-line

 

                      

                

                                              SFD Fire Station #3 (1904-1921)

                                                        Terry Ave & Alder St

                                                           Photo taken:  1910

                                   

 

              

                                              SFD Fire Station #3 (1904-1921)

                                                         Terry Ave & Alder St

                                                            Photo taken:  1969

                      

 

              

                                               SFD Fire Station #3 (1904-1921)

                                                         Terry Ave & Alder St

                                                            Photo taken:  2010

                                    Current use of building:  Harborview Medical Center Security Office

 

 

              

                                            SFD Fire Station #3 (2002-present)

                                                   16th Ave W & W Thurman St

                                       Fishermen's Terminal - Midway down Dock 4

                                                 Rented Fleetwood Motorhome 

                                                            Photo taken:  2002

 

 

             

                                            SFD Fire Station #3 (2002-present)

                                                   16th Ave W & W Thurman St

                                       Fishermen's Terminal - Midway down Dock 4

                                                 Rented Fleetwood Motorhome 

                                                            Photo taken:  2002

 

 

              

                                            SFD Fire Station #3 (2002-present)

                                                   20th Ave W & W Thurman St

                                                Fishermen's Terminal - West Wall

                                 With App. 395 (1994 Alpha-Leisure 5th-wheel trailer)

                                                            Photo taken:  2003

     

              

   

                                            SFD Fire Station #3 (2002-present)

                                                   20th Ave W & W Thurman St

                                                Fishermen's Terminal - West Wall

                               With App. 412 (2005 Forest River 5th wheel R.V. trailer)

                                                            Photo taken:  2003

 

 

              

                                            SFD Fire Station #3 (2002-present)

                                                   16th Ave W & W Thurman St

                                       Fishermen's Terminal - Midway down Dock 4

                                 With App. 395 (1994 Alpha-Leisure 5th-wheel trailer)

                                                            Photo taken:  2004

 

 

              

                                            SFD Fire Station #3 (2002-present)

                                                   16th Ave W & W Thurman St

                                        Fishermen's Terminal - North End of Dock 4

                               With App. 412 (2005 Forest River 5th wheel R.V. trailer)

                                                            Photo taken:  2005

 

        

 

                                                 Station 4

 

 

              

                                             SFD Fire Station #4 (1889-1890)

                                                        1st Ave & Battery St

                                                           Photo taken:  1889

                                                                    Torn down:  Approx. 1891           

                                    NOTE:  This was the only Volunteer station used by the "paid" department

                          Current use of property:  Commercial structure - Belltown Business District

                                                                  Photo Credit:  MOHAI

 

 

                         

                                             SFD Fire Station #4 (1890-1908)

                                            4th Ave & Battery St (on Denny Hill)

                                                           Photo taken:  1901                                      

                                                  

 

              

                                             SFD Fire Station #4 (1890-1908)

                                            4th Ave & Battery St (on Denny Hill)

                                                           Photo taken:  1900                                           

                                NOTE:  The bell in the top of the hose tower is currently on display at Station 2 

                          Current use of property:  Commercial structure - Belltown Business District

 

 

                

                                              SFD Fire Station #4 (1908-1921)

                                                       4th Ave N & Thomas St

                                                           Photo taken:  1916

                             NOTE:  In 1925, this building was converted into the Fire Alarm Office until 1961

                                                    Current use of property:  Space Needle, Seattle Center

 

 

                  

                                               SFD Fire Station #4 (1972-1983)

                                                   26th Ave SW & SW Florida St

                                                       Photo taken:  Approx. 1975

                                               NOTE:  This facility housed the Fireboats "Duwamish" and "Alki"

                                                     The "bay" was designed for small service vehicles only 

 

                                                  

              

                                               SFD Fire Station #4 (1972-1983)

                                                   26th Ave SW & SW Florida St

                                                       Photo taken:  Approx. 1978

                                                  Current use of property:  Port of Seattle, container facility

 

        

 

  

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   Fire Apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department
  
                                      ~ HORSE-DRAWN STEAMERS ~

                                    Total of 19 purchased between 1878 & 1909
         
     
                                                 Steamers Numbered 1 thru 19

 

                                                                     


              

                                           ~ End of an era ~

                     The last run of a horse-drawn rig in the Seattle Fire Department
                                                   Engine 35  -  June 6, 1924
             
                      (Replaced by 1924 Seagrave 800 GPM Triple Combination Pumper)

                                              Photo Credit:  Pemco Webster & Stevens Collection - MOHAI


           



              

      

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #1

                                              1878 Gould 550 GPM (3rd size)

                                          "Seattle One" in Volunteer Department 

                                                                          (Served at Engine 1 & 4)

                                                      Shown here in Reserve

                                       Photo taken:  1900 at Station 4 - 4th Ave & Battery St

                                                             Sold after 1900 - Current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #2

                                              1882 Gould 350 GPM (4th size)

                                      "Washington Two" in Volunteer Department 

                                                                        (Served at Engine 2, 3 & 6)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 6

                                   Photo taken:  1900 at Station 6 - 23rd Ave S & E Yesler Way

                                                             Sold after 1909 - Current status unknown

 

              

   

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #3

                                             1889 Ahrens 700 GPM (2nd size)                                    

                                                              (Served at Engine 1, 9, 7, 25, 12 & 13)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 7

                                    Photo taken:  1900 at Station 7 - 15th Ave E & E Harrison St

                                                             Sold after 1918 - Current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #4

                                             1889 Ahrens 700 GPM (2nd size)                                    

                                                                (Served at Engine 2, 3, 11, 17 & 35)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 3

                                      Photo taken:  1900 at Station 3 - 8th Ave S & S Main St

                                                             Sold after 1924 - Current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #5

                                            1893 Waterous 700 GPM (2nd size)

                                      Rebuilt in 1900 with "LaFrance" 2nd size boiler

                                                                          (Served at Engine 3 & 4)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                       Photo taken:  1900 at Station 4 - 4th Ave & Battery St

                                                            Sold after 1908 - Current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #6

                                1899 American "Metropolitan" 900 GPM (1st size)

                                                                              (Served at Engine 2)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 2

                                        Photo taken:  1900 at Station 2 - 3rd Ave & Pine St            

 

 

                        

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #6

                                1899 American "Metropolitan" 900 GPM (1st size)

                                                                              (Served at Engine 2)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 2

                                       Photo taken:  Schwabacher Fire - February 11, 1905

                                                   

              

  

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #6

                                1899 American "Metropolitan" 900 GPM (1st size)

                                                                              (Served at Engine 2)

                             Shown here in preparation for SFD Centennial Celebration

                           Photo taken:  1989 at Last Resort Fire Department Shop/Storage Facility

                                                        Current status:  On display at LRFD Museum

 

 

              

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #7

                                            1900 LaFrance 900 GPM (1st size)

                                                                       (Served at Engine 1, 9 & 18)

                  Shown here as Engine 2's alternate before going into regular service at E-1

                                        Photo taken:  1900 at Station 2 - 3rd Ave & Pine St

                                                        Sold after 1921 - Current status unknown

 

 

                                   

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #8

                               1902 American "Metropolitan" 550 GPM (3rd size)

                                                                         (Served at Engine 6 & 23)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 23

                                  Photo taken:  1916 at Station 23 - 18th Ave & E Columbia St    

                                                             Sold after 1921 - Current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #9

                               1903 American "Metropolitan" 550 GPM (3rd size)

                                                                      (Served at Engine 8, 28 & 15)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 8

                                     Photo taken:  1907 at Station 8 - Warren Ave N & Lee St            

                                                  Sold after 1920 - Current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                  Horse-Drawn Steamer #10

                                               1904 Nott 900 GPM (1st size)

                                                                         (Served at Engine 1 & 10)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 10

                                     Photo taken:  1907 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St            

                                    Rig motorized in 1916 with Seagrave Two-wheeled Front Drive Tractor

                                                       Tractor removed in 1921 and steamer scrapped 

                                            Tractor installed on Steamer #14 in 1921 (See App. 30 below)

 

 

                     

                                                   Horse-Drawn Steamer #11

                                           1905 LaFrance 700 GPM (2nd size)                                    

                                                                       (Served at Engine 4, 2 & 18)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 18

                               Photo taken:  1909 at Station 18 - Russell Ave NW & NW Market St            

                                                            Sold after 1918 - Current status unknown

 

              

                

                                                   Horse-Drawn Steamer #12

                               1906 Ahrens-Fox "Continental" 700 GPM (2nd size)

                                                                       (Served at Engine 3, 4 & 35)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                  Photo taken:  1908-1917 at Station 4 - 4th Ave N & Thomas St

                                          Sold in 1924 - On display in city park - McCleary, Washington

      

            

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Steamer #13

                                               1907 Nott 550 GPM (3rd size)

                                                                         (Served at Engine 1 & 21)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 1

                                     Photo taken:  1907 at Station 1 - 7th Ave & Columbia St            

                                                  Sold after 1915 - Current status unknown

 

              

      

                                                   Horse-Drawn Steamer #14

                       1907 American LaFrance "Metropolitan" 700 GPM (2nd size)

                                                                             (Served at Engine 14)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 14

                                    Photo taken:  1907 at Station 14 - 1st Ave S & S Holgate St

                                     Rig motorized in 1914 with Christie Two-wheeled Front Drive Tractor

                                                        Christie tractor removed and scrapped in 1921

                                   Seagrave Two-wheeled Front Drive Tractor removed from Steamer #10

                                               and installed on Steamer #14 in 1921 (See App. 30 below)

                                        Current status:  On display at LRFD Museum as "motorized" App. 30

            

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Steamer #15

                                1907 Ahrens-Fox "Continental" 550 GPM (3rd size)

                                                                         (Served at Engine 3 & 19)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 3

                                      Photo taken:  1907 at Station 3 - Terry Ave & Alder St            

                                                  Sold after 1921 - Current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Steamer #16

                                               1907 Nott 550 GPM (3rd size)

                                                                              (Served at Engine 6)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 6

                                   Photo taken:  1907 at Station 6 - 23rd Ave S & E Yesler Way            

                                                  Sold after 1920 - Current status unknown

 

 

                   

                                                   Horse-Drawn Steamer #17

                              1909 Ahrens-Fox "Continental" 700 GPM (2nd size)

                                                                         (Served at Engine 19 & 3)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 3

                                      Photo taken:  1916 at Station 3 - Terry Ave & Alder St            

                                                  Sold after 1918 - Current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                  Horse-Drawn Steamer #18

                                               1909 Nott 550 GPM (3rd size)

                                                                         (Served at Engine 7 & 21)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 21

                                Photo taken:  1916 at Station 21 - Greenwood Ave N & N 73rd St            

                                                   Sold after 1922 - Current status unknown

                                          We are searching for a better photo of Horse-Drawn Steamer #18 

    

              

    

                                                    Horse-Drawn Steamer #19

                                                1909 Nott 550 GPM (3rd size)

                                                                           (Served at Engine 8 & 11)

                                                       Shown here as Engine 8

                                      Photo taken:  1912 at Station 8 - Warren Ave N & Lee St            

                                                    Sold after 1921 - Current status unknown

                                       

                                               

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   Fire Apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department
  
                                  ~ HORSE-DRAWN LADDER TRUCKS ~

                                       Total of 9 purchased between 1884 & 1907
         
     
                                                 Ladder Trucks Numbered 0 thru 8

 

              

                                                Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #0

                                           1884 Babcock Village Service Truck

                           Originally purchased by the Volunteers in 1884 - Hand-Drawn

                                         Strengthened & arranged for horses in 1890 

                                                                           (Served at Truck 1 & 3)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 1

                                        Photo taken:  1900 at Station 4 - 4th Ave & Battery St

                                                           Sold in 1910 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #1

                                          1889 Preston 65' Aerial Ladder Truck

                                                                                (Served at Truck 2)

                                                 Aerial shortened to 55' in 1911

                                                                                (Served at Truck 8)

                      Aerial removed & rig converted to City-Service Ladder Truck in 1913 

                                                                           (Served at Truck 9 & 11)

                                                        Shown here as Truck 2

                                     Photo taken:  1900 at Station 1 - 7th Ave & Columbia St


                             

                     

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #1

                                         1889 Preston 65' Aerial Ladder Truck

                                                               Aerial shortened to 55' in 1911

                                                                               (Served at Truck 8)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 8

                               Photo taken:  1912 at Station 18 - Russell Ave NW & NW Market St                                                          

 

              

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #1

                                         1889 Preston 65' Aerial Ladder Truck

                     Aerial removed & rig converted to City-Service Ladder Truck in 1913 

                                                                         (Served at Truck 9 & 11)

                                                      Shown here as Truck 9

                      Photo taken:  1916 at Station 17 - Roosevelt Way NE (10th Ave NE) & NE 45th St

                                                        Sold after 1924 - current status unknown

 

              

 

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #2

                                         1893 Waterous Village Service Truck

                                                                           (Served at Truck 3, 1 & 5)

                                      Rebuilt as City-Service Ladder Truck in 1900                             

                                                        Shown here as Truck 1

                                                  Photo taken:  Between 1901 & 1908

                                                          Sold after 1918 - current status unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

                                                Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #3

                                1901 Seagrave Tillered City Service Ladder Truck

                                                  (Served at Truck 2, then in "reserve" after motorized)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 2

                                     Photo taken:  1904 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St

                     Rig motorized in 1914 with Christie front-drive tractor (No App. number assigned)

                                                                   Tractor removed in 1921

                                                        Sold after 1921 - current status unknown

                                          We are searching for a better photo of Horse-Drawn Ladder #3 

 

 

              

                                                Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #4

                                1903 Robinson Tillered City-Service Ladder Truck

                                                                           (Served at Truck 1 & 4)

                                                      Shown here as Truck 4

                           Photo taken:  Between 1909 & 1921 at Station 4 - 4th Ave N & Thomas St

                                                        Sold after 1921 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #5

               1903 Fire Extinguisher Mfg. Co. Combination City-Service Ladder Truck

                                                                 (Served at Truck 3, 7 & 8)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 3

                            Photo taken:  Between 1904 & 1907 at Station 3 - Terry Ave & Alder St

                                                      

 

              

                                                Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #5

               1903 Fire Extinguisher Mfg. Co. Combination City-Service Ladder Truck

                                                                 (Served at Truck 3, 7 & 8)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 8

                    Photo taken:  Between 1913 & 1924 at Station 18 - Russell Ave NW & NW market St

                                                              Sold after 1924 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #6

                         1906 American LaFrance 85' Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck

                                                                   (Served at Truck 2 & 1)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 2

                                     Photo taken:  1907 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St 

 

 

              

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #6

                         1906 American LaFrance 85' Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck

                                                                   (Served at Truck 2 & 1)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 2

                          Photo taken:  Between 1906 & 1909 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St

                                     Rig motorized in 1911 with Seagrave Tractor (See App. 24 below)

                                           and again in 1920 with Seagrave Tractor (See App. 33 below)

                                                                           Trailer scrapped in 1937

 

 

              

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #7

                            1907 Seagrave Combination City-Service Ladder Truck

                                                                   (Served at Truck 3 & 5)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 3

                                   Photo taken:  1916 at Station 23 - 18th Ave & E Columbia St 

                                                            Sold after 1923 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #8

                            1907 Seagrave Combination City-Service Ladder Truck

                                                                       (Served at Truck 6)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 6

                                    Photo taken:  1916 at Station 24 - 5th Ave W & W Galer St 

                                                         Sold after 1924 - current status unknown

 

                                                         

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   Fire Apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department
  
                             ~ HORSE-DRAWN CHEMICAL ENGINES ~

                                     Total of 3 purchased between 1889 & 1891
         
     
                                           Chemical Engines Numbered 1 thru 3

 

              

                                              Horse-Drawn Chemical Engine #1

                         1889 Champion w/two 80-Gallon Soda-Acid Chemical Tanks

                                                            (Served at Chemical 1, 3 & 33)

                                                    Shown here as Chemical 1

                                     Photo taken:  1900 at Station 1 - 7th Ave & Columbia St 

 

 

              

                                              Horse-Drawn Chemical Engine #1

                         1889 Champion w/two 80-Gallon Soda-Acid Chemical Tanks

                             Rebuilt in 1910 w/two 60-Gallon Soda-Acid Chemical Tanks

                                                            (Served at Chemical 1, 3 & 33)

                                                   Shown here as Chemical 33

                                     Photo taken:  1915 at Station 33 - 62nd Ave S & S Ryan St 

                                                            Sold after 1923 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                             Horse-Drawn Chemical Engine #2

                         1890 Holloway w/two 50-Gallon Soda-Acid Chemical Tanks

        Rebuilt in 1901 as Hose-Chemical Combination w/one 50-Gallon Soda-Acid Chemical Tank

                                           (Served at Chemical 2, Combination 2 & E-8's Hose Wagon)

                                                    Shown here as Chemical 2

                                 Photo taken:  1900 at Chemical Engine House #2 - Broadway & Terrace St 

                                                            Sold after 1907 - current status unknown

 

 

                             

                                             Horse-Drawn Chemical Engine #3

                         1891 Holloway w/two 60-Gallon Soda-Acid Chemical Tanks

                                                            (Served at Chemical 3, 2 & 33)

                                                    Shown here as Chemical 3

                           Photo taken:  1900 at Chemical Engine House #3 - 1st Ave W & W Lee St

                                                             Sold after 1914 - current status unknown

 

                                                         

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    Fire Apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department

                                ~ HORSE-DRAWN WATER TOWER ~ 

                                                 Total of 1 purchased in 1904 

                                                                                 Water Tower #1 

 

              

                                                Horse-Drawn Water Tower #1

                          1904 Champion 65' Water Tower with 1100 GPM Monitor

                                                                        (Served at Water Tower 1)

                                                 Shown here as Water Tower 1

                                     Photo taken:  1907 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St            

                  

 

              

                                                Horse-Drawn Water Tower #1

                          1904 Champion 65' Water Tower with 1100 GPM Monitor

                                                          Shown here on the ramp at Station 10 

                                  

                   

              

                                                Horse-Drawn Water Tower #1

                          1904 Champion 65' Water Tower with 1100 GPM Monitor

                                     Photo taken:  1915 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St            

                    Rig motorized in 1916 with Seagrave Two-wheeled Front Drive Tractor (See App. 31 below)

                                                               Tower cut up for scrap in 1955 by SFD

                                     Motorized chassis sold in 1955 - current status unknown

 

                                                         

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   Fire Apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department

                                ~ HORSE-DRAWN HOSE WAGONS ~ 

                                    Total of 35 purchased between 1889 & 1911
         
     
                                   No definitive data on vehicle numbering system

 

Very little documentation exists regarding the Seattle Fire Department horse-drawn hose wagons.  With few exceptions, records we have researched do not reveal definitive years, makes, vehicle numbering or company assignments.  We do know there were at least 35 wagons on the SFD roster between 1889 and 1924.  The wagons were built by various manufacturers, such as McDonald, Beattie, Marco, Fire Extinguisher Company, Pacific-Mix, Washington Rubber Company, Robinson and Seagrave.  At least ten were built in the city shops.  In addition, several "hose carriages" were acquired by the department through annexations.  Some of these were used for a short period of time, but because of their limited hose carrying capabilities and lack of storage space for equipment, they were eventually replaced with regular hose wagons.  The last SFD horse-drawn hose wagons were replaced with motorized apparatus in 1924. 

 

Many of the photos in our possession primarily show the horses and the crews, oftentimes obscuring the wagons themselves.  Consequently, we have chosen to show a sampling of some of the various types of hose wagons used by the SFD, with no specific information except the "company" where the rig was assigned when the photo was taken, and the date of the photo, if known.

  

        

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                  Shown here as Hose Wagon 1

                                     Photo taken:  1900 at Station 1 - 7th Ave & Columbia St 

 

              

    

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                  Shown here as Hose Wagon 2

                                        Photo taken:  1900 at Station 2 - 3rd Ave & Pine St 

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                  Shown here as Hose Wagon 3

                                      Photo taken:  1900 at Station 3 - 8th Ave S & S Main St 

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                  Shown here as Hose Wagon 4

                                      Photo taken:  1900 at Station 4 - 4th Ave & Battery St 

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                     Shown here as Hose Wagon 5  (Fireboat Tender)

                                    Photo taken:  1900 at Station 5 - Alaskan Way & Madison St 

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                  Shown here as Hose Wagon 6

                                   Photo taken:  1900 at Station 6 - 23rd Ave S & E Yesler Way 

 

 

              

                                                  Horse-Drawn Hose Carriage                   

                                                 Shown here as Hose Carriage 7

                                   Photo taken:  1900 at Station 7 - 15th Ave E & E Harrison St 

 

              

 

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 13

                     Photo taken:  Between 1907 & 1918 at Station 13 - 14th Ave S & S Massachusetts St 

 

              

  

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                           Shown here as Hose 14 with Engine 14

                                   Photo taken:  1916 at Station 14 - 1st Ave S & S Holgate St 

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 16

                         Photo taken:  Between 1907 & 1924 at Station 16 - Corliss Ave N & N 64th St 

                                           

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 18

                     Photo taken:  Between 1907 & 1911 at Station 18 - Russell Ave NW & NW Market St 

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 18

                     Photo taken:  Between 1907 & 1911 at Station 18 - Russell Ave NW & NW Market St 

                                                                             Photo credit:  MOHAI   

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 18

                                Photo taken:  1916 at Station 18 - Russell Ave NW & NW Market St 

                                         

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 20

                       Photo taken:  Between 1908 & 1921 at Station 20 - 14th Ave W & W Wheeler St 

 

              

  

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon

                                                     1911 City-Built (plain)

                                                      Shown here as Hose 23

                                   Photo taken:  1921 at Station 23 - 18th Ave & E Columbia St 

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 24

                         Photo taken:  Between 1909 & 1924 at Station 24 - 5th Ave W & W Galer St 

 

 

                       

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 24

                                   Photo taken:  1916 at Station 24 - 5th Ave W & W Galer St            

 

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 24

                                   Photo taken:  1919 at Station 24 - 5th Ave W & W Galer St   

                                     

 

              

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 29

                                Photo taken:  1916 at Station 29 - Ferry Ave SW & SW Walker St            

 

 

                

                                                   Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon                  

                                                      Shown here as Hose 30

                                 Photo taken:  1916 at Station 30 - Hunter Blvd S & S Spokane St            

 

                                                         

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    Fire Apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department

                                ~ HORSE-DRAWN CHIEF'S BUGGIES ~ 

                                       Total of 4 purchased between 1889 & 1908
              
 Our research indicates that all SFD chiefs were responding with motorized vehicles by 1913 

 

 

              

                                                  Horse-Drawn Chief's Buggy                  

                               Shown here with Chief of Department - Gardner Kellogg

                                     Photo taken:  1900 at Station 1 - 7th Ave  & Columbia St   

 

 

              

                                                  Horse-Drawn Chief's Buggy                  

                            Shown here with Assistant Chief of Department - Ralph Cook

                                       Photo taken:  1900 at Station 2 - 3rd Ave & Pine St   

 

              

  

                                                  Horse-Drawn Chief's Buggy                  

                                Shown here with 1st Assistant Chief - William H. Clark

                                      Photo taken:  1907 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St   

 

 

              

                                                  Horse-Drawn Chief's Buggy                  

                                                Shown here as "Chief-4's" buggy

                           Photo taken:  Between 1909 & 1913 at Station 4 - 4th Ave N & Thomas St   

 

                                                         

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    Fire Apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department

                        ~ MISCELLANEOUS HORSE-DRAWN VEHICLES ~ 

                                           Supply Wagon ~ Horseshoers Wagon

                                    

 

              

                                                            Supply Wagon                  

                                        Photo taken:  1900 at Station 2 - 3rd Ave & Pine St   

 

 

              

                                                        Horseshoers Wagon                  

                                   Photo taken:  1916 at Station 25 - Harvard Ave & E Union St   

 

 

              

                                                    Horseshoeing equipment                  

                                   Photo taken:  1916 at Station 25 - Harvard Ave & E Union St   

 

                                                         

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   Fire Apparatus of the Seattle Fire Department
  
                                        ~ MOTORIZED ~

                    First Motorized Fire Apparatus Purchased In 1910
         
     
         (See Note Below Regarding Department Numbering System)

 

NOTE:  In 1921, the Seattle Fire Department standardized the apparatus numbering system for most of their existing motorized fire apparatus, beginning with "Apparatus #1".  However, instead of numbering the 33 existing rigs consecutively by "date-of-purchase", they chose to number them in "groups" - engines, ladders, aerials, chemicals, squads, steamer tractors, etc.  We have chosen to list the 33 motorized rigs, acquired between 1910 and 1921, by "date of purchase".  All apparatus after 1921 will be listed numerically, which coincides with the order in which those rigs were acquired.  (The three Waterous hose wagons and the two Christie tractors were not included in the 1921 re-numbering system.) 

 

For rigs that underwent major modifications, such as complete rebuilds, adding a cab, converting from elevated platform to an aerial, addition of a crew-cab, etc., we will try to show both configurations. 

 

The notation "presumed scrapped" is based on our knowledge of the person or company that purchased the rig when it was sold by the city, and their presumed intention for the rig's future use (scrap metal dealer, etc.)  If we know the rig was scrapped, it will be so noted.


       
    
                                              1910 - 1919

              

            

                    Apparatus 16 - 1910 Seagrave Hose-Chemical Combination Wagon

                                                       (Served at Engine 25's Wagon, Hose 25 & 34)

                                             Shown here as Engine 25's Wagon

                                     Ran in combination with E-25 (Horse-Drawn Steamer #3)

                                 Photo taken:  1910 at Station 25 - Harvard Ave & E Union St

                                              Sold in 1927 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                  Apparatus 22 - 1910 Seagrave Chemical Wagon

                                                                   (Served at Chemical 1 & Hose 32)

                                                    Shown here as Chemical 1                                    

                                   Photo taken:  1910 at Station 25 - Harvard Ave & E Union St

                                                                 Rebuilt in 1921 - see photo below

                                               

 

              

                                   Apparatus 22 - 1910 Seagrave Chemical Wagon

                            Rebuilt in SFD Shops to Hose-Chemical Combination in 1921 

                                                                    (Served at Chemical 1 & Hose 32)

                                                      Shown here as Hose 32                                    

                                 Photo taken:  1922 at Station 32 - 44th Ave SW & SW Alaska St

                                                         Sold in 1928 - scrapped

  

 

                         

                    Apparatus 15 - 1910 Seagrave Hose-Chemical Combination Wagon

                                     (Served at Engine 10's Wagon, Hose 25, Engine 21's Wagon & Hose 33)

                                               Shown here as Engine 10's Wagon

                                      Ran in combination with E-10 (Horse-Drawn Steamer #10)

                                     Photo taken:  1910 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St

                                                  Rebuilt in SFD Shops in 1923 

                                                         Sold in 1930 - scrapped

       

 

              

                                                1911 Waterous Hose Wagons

                                            Shown here upon arrival from factory

                                   Photo taken:  1911 at Station 25 - Harvard Ave & E Union St

                One converted to Hose-Chemical Combination Wagon prior to entering service - see photo below

                                 One destroyed in Grand Truck Pacific Dock fire - July 30, 1914

                                                   Remaining two sold in 1924 & 1926 - status unknown

                           (The one sold in 1924 was sold as a parts chassis only - presumed scrapped)

      

              

               

                               1911 Waterous Hose-Chemical Combination Wagon

                                                                  (Served at Engine 14, Hose 5 & 34)  

                                                       Shown here as Hose 5

                                    Photo taken:  1915 at Station 5 - Alaskan Way & Madison St

                                                              Sold in 1926 - current status unknown

 

        

 

              

                                               Horse-Drawn Ladder Truck #6

                          1906 American LaFrance 85' Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck               

                                   Rig motorized in 1911 with Seagrave Tractor (App. 24)

                                               ~ See photo below ~

        

 

              

                   Apparatus 24 - 1911 Seagrave Aerial Tractor attached to H.D.L. #6

                                                                              (Served at Truck 1)

                                                      Shown here as Truck 1

                           Photo taken:  Between 1912 & 1916 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St

                      The trailer was motorized again in 1920 with a new Seagrave tractor (See App. 33 below)

 

 

              

                                   Apparatus 24 - 1911 Seagrave Aerial Tractor

                                 w/1906 American LaFrance 85" Tillered Aerial                      

                                    Photo taken:  1916 at Station 10 - 3rd Ave S & S Main St                 

                                                                          Trailer scrapped in 1937

 

 

              

                                        Apparatus 24 - 1911 Seagrave Tractor

                                               Used as Reserve Aerial Tractor: 1920-1942

                                                           

 

              

                                         Apparatus 24 - 1911 Seagrave Tractor

                         Shown here in its final days in the scrap pile with rubber and all brightwork removed

                                                                 Scrapped in 1942 for the war effort

 

 

              

                          Apparatus 1 - 1914 American LaFrance 800 GPM Pumper

                                                                     (Served at Engine 1, 8 & 34)

                                                    Shown here as Engine 8

                                    Photo taken:  1921 at Station 8 - Warren Ave N & Lee St

                                                   Sold in 1955 - privately owned

 

 

              

                          Apparatus 2 - 1914 American LaFrance 800 GPM Pumper

                                                                            (Served at Engine 12)

                                                    Shown here as Engine 12

                                   Photo taken:  1922 at Station 12 - 33rd Ave & E Union St

                                                   Sold in 1955 - privately owned

 

 

              

                           Apparatus 3 - 1914 Gorham-Seagrave 800 GPM Pumper

                                                                         (Served at Engine 8 & 4)

                                               Shown here at Seagrave factory

                                   Photo taken:  1914 at Seagrave factory - Columbus Ohio

                                                 Sold in 1932 - presumed scrapped

 

              

          

                            Apparatus 4 - 1914 Gorham-Seagrave 800 GPM Pumper

                                                                         (Served at Engine 7 & 2)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 7

                                   Photo taken:  1916 at Station 7 - 15th Ave E & E Harrison St

                                                  Sold in 1932 - presumed scrapped

 

              

    

                           Apparatus 5 - 1917 American LaFrance 800 GPM Pumper

                                                     (Served at Engine 1, 3, 16, 36, 41, 36, 1, 8 & 12)

                                                    Shown here as Engine 1

                           Photo taken:  Between 1917 & 1924 at Station 1 - 7th Ave & Columbia St

                                                   Rebuilt in 1939 - see photo below

     

  

              

                           Apparatus 5 - 1917 American LaFrance 800 GPM Pumper

                                               Rebuilt in SFD Shops in 1938-39 

                                                     (Served at Engine 1, 3, 16, 36, 41, 36, 1, 8 & 12)

                                                   Shown here as Engine 12

                                      Photo taken:  1950 at Station 12 - 33rd Ave & E Union St

                                               Sold in 1958 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                          Apparatus 6 - 1918 American LaFrance 500 GPM Pumper

                                                                      (Served at Engine 13 & 37)

                                                   Shown here as Engine 13

                               Photo taken:  1922 at Station 13 - 14th Ave S & S Massachusetts St

                                              Sold in 1937 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                          Apparatus 7 - 1918 American LaFrance 500 GPM Pumper

                                                                    (Served at Engine 7, 16 & 38)

                                                    Shown here as Engine 7

                                  Photo taken:  1922 at Station 7 - 15th Ave E & E Harrison St

                                              Sold in 1937 - current status unknown

 

              

     

                          Apparatus 8 - 1918 American LaFrance 800 GPM Pumper

                                                                     (Served at Engine 3,22 & 41)

                                                    Shown here as Engine 3

                                  Photo taken:  1922 at Station 25 - Harvard Ave & E Union St

                                              Sold in 1958 - current status unknown

 

                    

   

                          Apparatus 9 - 1918 American LaFrance 800 GPM Pumper

                                                                   (Served at Engine 17, 16 & 38)

                                                   Shown here as Engine 17

                                  Photo taken:  1922 at Station 17 - 10th Ave NE & E 45th St

                                                      (Changed to:  Roosevelt Way NE & NE 45th St) 

                                                 Sold in 1955 - presumed scrapped

 

              

   

                         Apparatus 10 - 1918 American LaFrance 1000 GPM Pumper

                                                                        (Served at Engine 36 & 7)

                                                   Shown here as Engine 36

                               Photo taken:  1921 at Station 36 - 23rd Ave SW & SW Spokane St

                                                Rebuilt in 1936 - see photo below

         

  

              

                        Apparatus 10 - 1918 American LaFrance 1000 GPM Pumper

                                               Rebuilt in SFD Shops in 1935-36 

                                                                        (Served at Engine 36 & 7)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 7

                                 Photo taken:  1947 at Station 7 - 15th Ave E & E Harrison St

                                                 Sold in 1958 - presumed scrapped

 

              

     

                        Apparatus 28 - 1918 American LaFrance City-Service Ladder

                                                                            (Served at Truck 3 & 6)

                                                       Shown here as Truck 3

                                   Photo taken:  1921 at Station 23 - 18th Ave & E Columbia St

                                                   Sold in 1955 - presumed scrapped

 

                                                         

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                                              1920 - 1929

 

              

                                 Apparatus 11 - 1920 Seagrave 800 GPM Pumper             

                                                                           (Served at Engine 6)

                                                    Shown here as Engine 6

                                    Photo taken:  1921 at Station 6 - 23rd Ave S & E Yesler Way                                    

                                                        Modifications made in 1937 - see photo below

          

 

              

                                Apparatus 11 - 1920 Seagrave 800 GPM Pumper

                      Four-wheel brakes & pneumatic tires installed by SFD Shops in 1937

                                                                           (Served at Engine 6)

                                                Shown here as Reserve Engine

                                    Photo taken:  1947 at Station 25 - Harvard Ave & E Union St

                                                    Sold in 1964 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                 Apparatus 12 - 1920 Seagrave 800 GPM Pumper

                                                                 (Served at Engine 15, 26, 33 & 16)

                                                    Shown here as Engine 15

                                   Photo taken:  1922 at Station 15 - Minor Ave & Virginia St

                                                        Rebuilt in 1952 - see photo below 

   

 

              

                                 Apparatus 12 - 1920 Seagrave 800 GPM Pumper

                                                  Rebuilt in SFD Shops in 1952 

                                                                 (Served at Engine 15, 26, 33 & 16)

                                                 Shown here as Reserve Engine

                                                        Photo taken:  1960 as Engine 35

                                  Sold in 1969 - Privately owned - Last Resort Fire Department

 

 

              

                                 Apparatus 29 - 1920 Seagrave 75' tillered aerial

                                                                        (Served at Truck 2, 4 & 1)

                                                      Shown here as Truck 2

                                       Photo taken:  1921 at Station 2 - 4th Ave & Battery St

                                                       Sold - presumed scrapped

 

 

              

                                   Apparatus 117 - 1929 Mack 85' tillered aerial

                                                                           (Served at Truck 2 & 4)

                                                      Shown here as Truck 2

                                   Photo taken:  1930 at Station 1 - 7th Avenue & Columbia St                              

                                                       Modifications made in 1937 - see photo below

 

 

                 

                                   Apparatus 117 - 1929 Mack 85' tillered aerial

                       Shop-built enclosed cab with windshield & doors installed in 1937

                                                                           (Served at Truck 2 & 4)

                                                 Shown here as Reserve Ladder

                          Photo taken:  Between 1961 & 1965 at Station 18 - Russell Ave NW & NW Market St

                                            Sold in 1969 - Privately owned - Last Resort Fire Department

 

                               ~  MORE MOTORIZED FIRE APPARATUS COMING SOON  ~

 

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       Fireboats of the Seattle Fire Department

                                      Total of 5 purchased between 1890 & 2007

                        ~~~  You can navigate directly to the fireboats listed below  ~~~

                     "Snoqualmie" ~ "Duwamish" ~ "Alki" ~ "Chief Seattle" ~ "Leschi"

       

                     ~ MISCELLANEOUS WATER CRAFT & SMALL BOATS ~ 

                                   Amphibious Rescue Craft  ~  Patrol Boat "Leschi"

                                        Zodiac Inflatable  ~  Fast-Attack Fireboat 

       

 

 

               

 

This aerial photo, taken over Seattle's Elliott Bay, clearly illustrates the "firepower" of two of Seattle's fireboats, the "Duwamish" and the "Alki".  For many years, the "Duwamish" was considered the world's most powerful fireboat, able to pump 22,800 gallons-per-minute.  The "Alki" ranked third, with a pumping capacity of 16,200 gallons-per-minute.

 

The "Duwamish" was replaced in 1984, and sold to a local preservation group in 1994.  The "Alki" is still "in service" in 2008, but is due to be replaced in the near future.  Seattle's newest fireboat, the "Leschi", placed in service in 2007, has a pumping capacity of 20,000 gallons-per-minute.

 

Before the ashes of the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889 had cooled, plans were in the works to create a "paid" fire department, upgrade the water system, build several new stations, purchase new equipment, AND design and build a fireboat to protect Seattle's waterfront.  When the steam-powered fireboat "Snoqualmie" went into service January 3rd, 1891, it was the first and only fireboat on the West Coast.

      

       

 

                        Fireboat "Snoqualmie"                            

                                                             Engine 5

 

              

                Fireboat "Snoqualmie" - Built in 1890 - Coal-fired - 7000 GPM capacity

                                                                     (Served at Engine 5, 31 & 39)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 5

                       Photo taken:  Approx. 1891 in Elliott Bay (Station 5 - Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                            Boat rebuilt in 1910 - see photos below (Engine 31)

                                                              Cost new in 1890:  $35,000 

 

              

    

                                                       Shown here as Engine 5 

                                                                               Photo credit:  MOHAI   

 

 

               

                                                       Shown here as Engine 5   

                                            

 

              

                                                       Shown here as Engine 5                                                       

 

         

                                                            Engine 31  

 

              

               Fireboat "Snoqualmie" - Re-built in 1910 - Oil-fired - 6000 GPM capacity

                                                                      (Served at Engine 5, 31 & 39)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 31

                Photo taken:  Approx. 1914 in Elliott Bay (Station 31 - E Marginal Way S & S Massachusetts St

                                                                              Photo credit:  MOHAI  

 

 

                

                                                       Shown here as Engine 31 

 

 

                

                                                       Shown here as Engine 31 

 

              

     

                    Shown here as Engine 31, working at a pier fire on Seattle's waterfront

 

         

                                                          Engine 39

 

              

    

                                                      Fireboat "Snoqualmie"

                                                                       (Served at Engine 5, 31 & 39)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 39

              Photo taken:  Between 1928 & 1935 in Lake Union (Station 39 - Westlake Ave N & Halladay St)

                                                                 Sold in 1936

                                                            Photo credit:  Seattle P-I Collection - MOHAI  

 

       

 

  

              

                                         Fireboat "Snoqualmie" - Sold in 1936

                                            Converted to freighter & name changed to "Robert Eugene"

                                               Used to ferry supplies to sheep ranch on Aleutian Islands

                                              Accidentally burned and sank at Kodiak Alaska in early 70's

 

                                                         

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                        Fireboat "Duwamish"                            

                                                             Engine 5

 

                 

                 Fireboat "Duwamish" -  Built in 1909 - Oil-fired - 9000 GPM capacity

                                                                        (Served at Engine 5, 31 & 4)

                                                      Shown here as  Engine 5

                  Photo taken:  Between 1910 & 1913 behind the 2nd Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                            Boat rebuilt in 1949 - see photos below (Engine 4)

                                                                        Cost new in 1909:  $78,257

                                                                  Cost of rebuild in 1949:  $149,257 

  

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 5   

 

 

                       

                                                      Shown here as Engine 5  

 

 

                            

                                                      Shown here as Engine 5

                          Photo taken:  After 1930 behind the 3rd Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                 (Oftentimes, the "Duwamish" put out more smoke than the fire it was fighting) 

 

         

                                                           Engine 31

 

 

              

                                                     Shown here as Engine 31

                                                            Photo taken:  Between 1928 & 1949

 

 

              

                                                     Shown here as Engine 31

                                                            Photo taken:  Between 1928 & 1949

 

         

                        Scenes of the Engine Room - Steam-Powered  (1909-1949)

        

 

                         

                                             Engine Room of Fireboat "Duwamish"

 

              

     

                                             Engine Room of Fireboat "Duwamish"

 

         

                                                             Engine 4

 

              

   

         Fireboat "Duwamish" -  Re-built in 1949 - Diesel-Electric - 22,800 GPM capacity

                                                                       (Served at Engine 5, 31 & 4)

                                                     Shown here as  Engine 4

                             Photo taken:  1961 - heading into Puget Sound from the Ballard Locks

 

 

                            

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                           Photo taken:  1963 - heading into Elliott Bay from Station 5

 

 

                

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                                                Photo taken:  1964 in Elliott Bay

 

                            

 

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                Photo taken:  1964 - behind the 4th Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

 

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                                         Photo taken:  Approx. 1969 in Elliott Bay

 

 

              

                                                                       Shown here as Engine 4

                                                     Photo taken:  Approx. 1970 in Elliott Bay

                                                                              

 

              

                                                                        Shown here as Engine 4

                                        Photo taken:  Bi-Centennial Day - July 4, 1976 in Elliott Bay

 

         

                       Scenes of the Engine Room - Diesel-Electric  (1949-present)

 

              

   

                              Propulsion Control Panel                           Fire Pump Control Panel 

 

 

              

                                                                      At the throttle 

 

 

              

                                                       Number 1 Main Engine 

 

 

              

                                                   Number 2 & 3 Main Engines

 

         

 

 

                

                                                                        Shown here as Engine 4

                                                                 Photo taken:  May 20, 1958

                                                Three-alarm fire at Seattle Cedar Lumber Mfg. Co.

 

       

                      For information on the preservation of the Fireboat "Duwamish",

                           visit the Puget Sound Fireboat Foundation website 

       

                                                        

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                              Fireboat "Alki"                            

                                                             Engine 5

 

                    

              Fireboat "Alki" - Built in 1927 - Gasoline powered - 16,200 GPM capacity

                                                (Served at Engine 5, 3, 4 & currently serving at Engine 3)

                                                     Shown here as Engine 5

                       Photo taken:  Approx. 1927 in Elliott Bay (Station 5 - Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                            Boat rebuilt in 1948 - see photos below (Engine 3)

                                                                      Cost new in 1927:  $166,467

                                                                  Cost of rebuild in 1948:  $53,533 

  

          

                                                             Engine 3

 

 

              

           Fireboat "Alki" -  Re-built in 1948 - Direct-drive diesel - 16,200 GPM capacity

                                                                      (Served at Engine 5, 3, 4 & 3)

                                                     Shown here as  Engine 3

                                             Photo taken:  Lake Washington Ship Canal

 

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 3

                                      Photo taken:  1963 - behind Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

   

              

      

                                                      Shown here as Engine 3

                                                               Photo taken:  1987 - in Elliott Bay

                                                                        Photo credit:  Bill Hattersley  

 

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 3

                              Photo taken:  1994 - behind Station 5, after removal of telescoping tower

                                                                     

         

                       Scenes of the Pilot House and Engine Room  (1948-present)

                                                                      Photos taken:  2008 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

                

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

        

 

 

              

                                                                        Shown here as Engine 3

                              Photo taken:  October 21, 1964 with telescoping tower fully extended

                                                             Four-alarm fire at Todd Shipyards

 

                                                         

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                       Fireboat "Chief Seattle"                            

                                                             Engine 4

 

              

           Fireboat "Chief Seattle" - Built in 1984 - Diesel powered - 7,500 GPM capacity

                                                                           (Served at Engine 1 & 4)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                            Photo taken:  2001 in Elliott Bay (Station 5 - Alaskan Way & Madison St) 

                                                                     Cost new in 1984:  $2,500,000

                                                                       Photo credit:  Bill Hattersley  

                    

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                           Photo taken:  2001 - behind Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                                          

 

                             

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                           Photo taken:  2004 - behind Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                                          

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                           Photo taken:  2008 - behind Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                                          

              

   

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

          

             Scenes of the Pilot House, Engine Room and other areas  (1984-present)

                                                                      Photos taken:  2008 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

                                 

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

                                                         

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                            Fireboat "Leschi"                            

                                                             Engine 4

 

                            

                                              Fireboat "Leschi" - Built in 2007

                                         Diesel powered - 20,000 GPM capacity

                                                                     (Currently serving at  Engine 4)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                      Photo taken:  2007 in Elliott Bay (Station 5 - Alaskan Way & Madison St) 

                                                                    Cost new in 2007:  $12,117,000

                                                                        Photo credit:  Chris Hartman  

 

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                                                     Photo taken:  2007 in Elliott Bay

                                                                        Photo credit:  Chris Hartman  

 

 

                    

                                                  Shown here during  Sea Trials

                                                                   Photo taken:  2007 in Puget Sound

                                                                Photo credit: Seattle Fire Department

 

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 4

                                           Photo taken:  2008 - behind Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St) 

                                                                   

 

              

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

          

        Scenes of the Pilot House, Galley, 1st-Aid Room, Engine Room and other areas 

                                                                       Photos taken:  2008 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

                                 

 

 

                                   

 

 

                                   

      

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

              

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                                   

  

 
              
    
 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

     

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

              

 

 

                                 

 

 

              

 

 

                                   

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

          

                

 

 

                                   

 

 

                

 

 

                

 

                                             

              

       

                                                         

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                  ~ MISCELLANEOUS WATER CRAFT & SMALL BOATS ~

                                   Amphibious Rescue Craft  ~  Patrol Boat "Leschi"

                                        Zodiac Inflatable  ~  Fast-Attack Fireboat 

       

      

                     Amphibious Rescue Craft                            

                                                            ARC - 1

 

 

 

 

 

  
              

 

                  Apparatus 302 - 1946 G.M.C. Amphibious Rescue Craft (DUKW-353)

                       Equipped with 50-lb. "Purple-K" Dry Chemical Extinguishing System

                                                 Acquired from U.S. Coast Guard - 1965 

                                                                (Served at ARC-1 - Station 22, 35 & 19)

                                                         Shown here as ARC-1

                                Photo taken:  1974 at Station 19 - Duwamish Ave S & S Spokane St

                                                                Sold in 1974 - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                                                     Photo taken:  1971 in Union Bay

                                                          

 

                     

                                                                     Photo taken:  1971 in Union Bay

 

 

              

                                                                     Photo taken:  1971 in Union Bay

 

 

       

      

                          Patrol Boat "Leschi"                            

                                                             Harbor 2

 

              

             Patrol Boat "Leschi" - Built in 1961 - Gasoline powered - 150 GPM capacity

                                                                     (Served at Harbor 2 - Station 4)

                                                      Shown here as Harbor 2

                     Photo taken:  Between 1976 & 1981 in Elliott Bay (Station 4 - 26th Ave SW & SW Florida St) 

                                           Acquired from Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol in 1976

                                                    Returned to S.P.D. in 1982 - current status unknown

     

        

    

                            Zodiac Inflatable                            

                                                 Adjunct of Engine 4

 

            

                                 Apparatus 402 - 1996 Zodiac Inflatable Jet-Boat

                Equipped with valve diverting water from propulsion jet to monitor on prow

                                                Acquired from Inflatable Boatworks, Inc. 

                                                              (Served as Adjunct of Engine 4 - Station 5)

                                         (Could also be transported on 2005 Caulkins Boat Trailer - App. 413) 

                  Photo taken:  Between 1998 & 2005 in Elliott Bay (Station 5 - Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                                                       Sold  - current status unknown

 

 

              

                                Photo taken:  2001 - behind Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

                                                          

 

              

                                          Photo taken:  2001 - behind Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St)

 

                                                         

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                         Fast-Attack Fireboat                            

                                                              Engine 1

 

 

 

                    

   

             Fast-Attack Fireboat - Built in 2006 - Diesel powered - 6,600 GPM capacity

                                                                     (Currently serving at Engine 1)

                                                      Shown here as Engine 1

                                           Photo taken:  2007 - behind Station 5 (Alaskan Way & Madison St) 

                                                                     Cost new in 2006:  $1,734,000

 

 

              

                                                      Shown here as Engine 1

                                        Photo taken:  2008 - behind Station 3 (16th Ave W & W Thurman St)

                                                          

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

 

 

              

       

                                 

    

 

 

              

 

                               

       

 

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