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Governor Irwin

THE FIRST FIREBOAT IN THE SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT

Built: 1878

Description: A tugboat owned by the State of California and fitted with pumps, a turret, hose discharge outlets, and hose lockers.

Builder: Built in San Francisco

Cost:

Length: 86 feet
Beam: 19 feet 6-inches
Draft: 10 feet 6-inches
Displacement: 80 tons

Engines: Two coal-burning, non-condensing steam engines

Pumps: Two Hooker piston pumps, approximately 542 GPM each

Pumping Capacity: 65,000 gallons per hour

Service History
1878   Fireboat Company No. 1, Broadway Street Wharf
1879   Placed out of service
1880   May 1st, Company re-organized and designated Hose Company No. 9, stationed at the Broadway Street Wharf
1892   Assigned to new quarters at Embarcadero the foot of Mission Street
1909   The Fireboat Governor Irwin was de-commissioned and retired from service
1909   The Governor Irwin was sold for scrap.

Equipment: Carried 1200 feet of hose