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America's fireboat John D. McKean will become a landmark for the people.

Help is needed to keep this important historical vessel seaworthy.


John D. McKean is a fireboat that served the New York City Fire Department as Marine Company 1. 

Named in memory of Marine Engineer John D. Mckean, who was burned by live steam on September 17, 1953 in an explosion on the George B. McClellan.

Although fatally injured, McKean heroically remained at his post vainly trying to keep the vessel under control.  He died on September 22, 1953

This boat went into service in 1955 at the cost of $1,426,000. During its many years of service, Its on-duty crew consists of an officer, pilot, two engineers, one marine wiper and two firefighters.It is capable of a speed of 16 mph and has a pumping capacity of 1,9000 gallons per minute. There are four manually operated monitors, one electrically operated tower monitor - approximately 50 feet above the water - and one five-inch bow monitor. The McKean is equipped with two manifolds, each equipped with eight 3 1/2” outlets, through which water is supplied. A foam supply of approximately 500 gallons of three percent foam is carried onboard. Besides normal firefighting tools, Marine 1 also carries oxyacetylene torches, chain saws, pneumatic hammers with chisels and bits and supplies electricity through its diesel-driven generators.  

John D. McKean is now a museum ship owned and operated by the non-profit Fireboat McKean Preservation Project.  The non-profit’s vision is to open up the boat to the public to learn about it’s history and the brave actions of those who served aboard, and to offer boat rides. She is available for private tours.

Help the McKean by making a tax-deductible donation, volunteering or contacting us to schedule a visit to learn more about the ship and maritime history.  If you have a story to share about the McKean, please send us an email at




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