Fireboat John J. Harvey
Fireboat John J. Harvey is moored at Pier 66 Maritime, at 26th St. and the Hudson River. The pier is a historic car-float barge, and is also home to the legendary light house tender Frying Pan. From May to October, one of the most popular bar/restaurants in NYC is open on the Pier. Harvey's home is provided by the generosity of Angela Krevey and her late, greatly missed, husband John, whose vision was the catalyst for saving the fireboat.
John J. Harvey was built in 1931 and named for FDNY pilot John J. Harvey who was killed aboard fireboat Thomas Willett while fighting a fire aboard the North German Lloyd Line's SS Muenchen. At 130 feet and 268 gross tons, she is among the most powerful fireboats ever in service, capable of pumping up to 18,000 gallons of water a minute. Harvey assisted during such notable fires as the Cunard Line pier fire in 1932, the burning of the Normandie in 1942, and the ammunition ship El Estero during World War II. She served the FDNY until her retirement in 1994.
On September 11, 2001, John J. Harvey was reactivated as FDNY Marine 2. Alongside FDNY fireboats Firefighter and John D. McKean, she pumped water for 80 hours, until water mains were restored. The story of John J. Harvey is the subject of countless news articles and a 2002 Maira Kalman book.
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