01/10/09 97 W - + 13 - 9 Fire Boats to Patrol Wilmington Area, 1943

Interesting item from the March 14, 1943 edition of the News & Observer: Wilmington Fire Chief J. Ludie Croom announced on March 13 that the USCG has assigned "three large fire boats to the Wilmington area," to aid "against any waterfront conflagrations that may occur." The boats, manned by USCG personnel, will operate in conjunction with WFD and, in event of a blaze, be under the command of the Fire Chief. The largest boat was 65 feet long, with a 3000 GPM pumping capacity. The others were smaller, with 2000 GPM capacity each.

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