Fireboat Puts on a Show in Portland Harbor - circa 1910


Fireboat Puts on a Show in Portland Harbor

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Wooden piers and the buildings above them were among the structures most susceptible to fire in the 1800s and early 1900s. Steam-powered fireboats were a response to this always-present threat.

Portland's first fireboat, the George H. Williams, was purchased in 1904. This striking image shows it or a sister ship showing off by simultaneously shooting ten streams of water. We can date this photo from the commercial signs, seen more clearly in detail view 2. Notable are the Failing-McCalman Co. on the left, the Jones Cash Store, and M. L. Kline Plumbing and Steam Supplies.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1162
Photographer Unknown
Location Portland, Multnomah County
Subject Docks and Harbors, Fire Fighting, Ships and Boats, Town Views
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Medium-size Print
Size of Original 4.7 x 6.8 inches
Photographer's Number No