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As an important river port, there have been five fireboats operated by the Detroit Fire Department.

Image Name Commissioned Decommissioned Notes
Fireboat Detroiter in River Rouge 1901.jpg Detroiter 1892 1902 Built by Craig Shipbuilding Company and decommissioned after dry rotting became an operational issue.
Detroit Fireboat James Battle -d.jpg James Battle 1900 1941 Built by Detroit Ship Building Company, later sold as tug to Sincennes-McNaughton Line (1941-1959) and McAllister Towing and Salvage Incorporated in Montreal for used as fireboat in Montreal from 1959 to 1992 Detroit Ship Building Co. Retired and scrapped with cabin/funnel surviving in Port Colborne Dry Dock
Fireboat James R. Elliott.jpg James R. Elliott 1902 1930 Built by Jenks Shipbuilding Company, sold to Owen Sound Transportation, Limited and converted as ferry Normac (Manitoulin Island); retired and sold in 1968 to Lee Marine Limited and to Captain John Restaurant in Toronto; sank in 1981, raised and restored after 1986 and now serves as floating restaurant Tokyo Joe's Bar and Grill in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. Boat burned 2011 and fate unknown.
John Kendall 1930 1979 Sold to Robert Massey of Pan Oceanic Engineering Corporation of Alpena, Michigan and converted as tug for Ferris Marine; scrapped in 1994
A Detroit fireboat -a.jpg Curtis Randoph 1979 present Docked at foot of 24th Street and Detroit Riverwalk near Riverside Park
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