Sunday, August 14, 2016

Touring the Curtis Randolph

The dock for the Curtis Randolph is right next door to the Westcott.  As a result, I was able to get a tour of her.
 The Curtis Randolph was built in 1979 by Peterson Shipbuilders of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  She is powered by two diesel engines.  She also has a built in pumping station.  In fact, she was used as a pumping station for the fire at the St. Clair Power Plant on the night before.
 Apparently, she can pump water to the top floors of the Renaissance Center.
 They test the system at noon.  She is named after Curtis Randolph who as the first African American firefighter killed in the line of duty on the Detroit Fire Department.
 Her ladder.  This can also be used as a crane.
 The firehouse was built in the 1920's.
 The logo for the boat.
 Our tour guide was her Captain.  He is a retired Oakland County Sheriff and now runs the fireboat.  He was pretty cool.
 Her piloting station.
 The pumping station.
 Some of the dumping rules for the Lakes.
 One of her two diesel engines.
 Looking down her length.
 The pilothouse.
A shot of her flag and stacks.

I want to thank the Captain for the tour of this boat.  It was very fun.

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