Wilmington Fire Boats

Last Updated September 17, 2014

See also Wilmington Historic and Former Firehouses

Photo Name Years Boat Information Photo Information
Atlantic I 1907-1914 Hull: Wood
Engine: Globe, two-cylinder gasoline, 25 HP
Speed: 8 MPH
Pump: Silsby steam engine, third-size
Capacity: ?

Built by the city. In 1910, staffed with three paid men, two on duty at all times, and moored at foot of Chestnut Street.

Fireboat Atlantic I in front of the Custom House, 1925.

New Hanover County Public Library / Dr. Robert M. Fales Collection

  Atlantic II 1914-1949? Make: ?
Hull: Wood
Engine: Gasoline, 25 HP
Speed: 10 MPH
Pump: American LaFrance with 125 HP gasoline engine
Capacity: 1400 GPM

In 1915, staffed with three paid men, and equipped with 600 feet 2 1/2-inch hose.

Atlantic III 1949?-1963 Make: ?
Built: 1943 in Brownsville, TX
Hull: Wood
Length: 65 feet
Engine: 230 HP Superior diesel, 44-inch propeller, 36-inch pitch
Pumps: Hale, two stage (2) with 150 HP Mack gasoline engines
Capacity: 2500 GPM or higher

Built for government patrol duty, acquired by city in 1949, and stripped for fireboat conversion. Firefighting equipment included eight 2 1/2-inch outlets, and two tower-mounted deluge guns, each with full transverse and elevation controls.

Fireboat Atlantic III on Cape Fear River, circa 1947

New Hanover County Public Library / Dr. Robert M. Fales Collection

Atlantic IV 1963-1986 Make: Bath Iron Works
Built: 1932 in Bath, MA
Hull: Steel
Length: 64 feet
Weight: 85 tons
Engine: Diesel (3)
Pump: ?
Capacity: 2500 GPM

Tugboat built for US Public Health Department. Named T. B. McLintick, after doctor credited with cure for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Served health department from 1932 to 1958.  Also used briefly as ice breaker. Acquired by city in 1963 for $300. Three diesel engines installed, as well as firefighting equipment. First duty was washing down decks of USS North Carolina before dedication ceremony. Retired 1986. Docked at Cape Fear Technical Institute for several months. Sold and later restored to original public health tug.

Star-News/Chris Nelson photo
Atlantic V 1986-1999 Former 1960s Navy fire boat. Unveiled September 1986, after undergoing a two-year, $200,000 restoration. Sank 1999. Fireboat Atlantic V on Cape Fear River during Preservation Week, May 11, 1987

Star-News/Jack Upton photo, via New Hanover County Public Library Digital Archives

? 1999?-2007 Make: Harbor (?)
Model: ?
Built: 1979
Hull: ?
Length: 34 feet
Beam: 11 foot 9 inches
Draft: 44 inches
Pump: 500 GPM
Crew capacity: Three
City of Wilmington Fire Department Assessment photo.
Atlantic VI 2007-present Make: MetalCraft Marine
Model: Firestorm 50
Built: 2007 in Kingston, Ontario
Hull: ?
Length: 50 feet
Engines: Cat C-18 (2), 885 HP at 2220 RPM
Speed: 40 knots
Pump: Hale 3000 (2)
Capacity: 7000 GPM, nearly

Firefighting equipment includes FoamPro Accumax system, with 500 gallons of foam aboard. Boat is equipped with 16 discharges including six monitors. Has four five-inch connections for land-lines.

MetalCraft Marine photo

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