Source: LAFD Photo Album Collection
Photo Date: 1919

Fire Boat No. 1

Fire Boat No. 1 was commissioned August 1, 1919. It was purchased for $33,000 and is all wood construction, 65' long, 17.7' beam, 39.65 gross tons with a 400 gallon fuel capacity. Powered by a 275 H.P. Hall Scott Invader for propulsion and 2 275 H.P. Hall Scott Invaders each driving a 4 stage pump rated at 1000 G.P.M. for a total pumping capacity of 2000 G.P.M. Generator, DC-5KW-125V. Carries breathing apparatus, forcible entry tools, Foam generator and powder, a bank of six 50 lb. CO-2 cylinders, flood lights, and a siphon ejector. Fire Boat No. 1 was originally stationed at the foot of First Street in San Pedro. On May 2, 1927 Boat 1 was moved to Berth 260, Fish Harbor, Terminal Island.. In 1965 Fire Boat was re-christened the Archibald J. Eley.

Source: Firefighter Danny Elizarraras
Photo Date: 1921

Chief Scott originally suggested that the new fire boat be named Meredith, after the Mayor, Meredith P. Snyder. Snyder, perhaps recalling his chagrin when the rookie fire horse that Chief Lips named after him had flunked probation and was sold, demurred.

Fire Boat No. 1, the Oracle of the Harbor
By Stanley E. Halfhill, August 15, 1941

Three Fire Boats are Christened

May 1965

Source:LAFIRE Collection

Fire Boat No. 1
"A" Shift
August 1919

Capt. Carlson
Bert Norman

This photo was found at Fire Station 111 (Fireboat No. 1) in 1972 while moving some old lockers so that City painters could paint behind them. The source of the photo is unknown, but the location was at the First St. landing in San Pedro. See photo above.

Source: LAFIRE Collection
Photo Date: Circa 1919

Courtesy: Firefighter Danny Elizarras

Fire Boat No. 1 Quarters on Terminal Island
January 19, 1927

Annual Report







JUNE 3Oth, 1927


     On April 25, 1927, Los Angeles Fire Boat No. 1 was moved from its old location at the foot of the First street wharf, San Pedro, to the new location in Fish Harbor, being now established in new quarters, a commodious building and slip having been erected for this purpose on land assigned to this department by the Board of Harbor Commissioners.


R. J. SCOTT,        
Chief Engineer

Source: Captain Kenny Willahan Collection

Circa 1927

Courtesy: Joshua Mimm

Fire Boat No. 1

May 24, 1932

R.M. Dysart
L.M. Wilson
N.J. McGree
W.V. Golay
J.J. Schilling
G.E. Moore
E. Trembly
W.E. Bowlee
T.W. Whittley

Courtesy: Joshua Mimm
Great Great Grandson of Captain T. W. Whittley


Here are all the pics I have of my great grandfather. I also included a post card of him. I know a little about him, he was the first white man born on Catalina Island as well as he held the lease on Catalina Island for sum years before the Wrigley's acquired it. And as you know he was Captain of Fire Boat No. 1. Unfortunately he was a quite man who kept to himself and information is scarce about him..
I hope you enjoy the pics I have sent and I am look forward to seeing them on the web site..
Thank you for your reply and I look forward to hearing back.


                                                                    JOSH MIMM


Courtesy: Joshua Mimm
Great Great Grandson of Captain T. W. Whittley

Captain T. W. Whittley

Source: LAFIRE Collection

March 10, 1940

L. L. Boatman

H. G. High

J. V. Gunn

A. Schudlick

A. H. Smith

Captain J. S. Bentley

Source: LAFIRE Collection

Fire Boat No. 1

Source: LAFIRE Collection

The Wheel House

Source: LAFIRE Collection

The Engine Room looking forward.

Source: LAFIRE Collection

The Engine Room looking aft.

Source: LAFIRE Collection

THAT SINKING FEELING: Robert Ware sits dejectedly on the bow of his boat after a valiant but futile effort to free the former Los Angeles fireboat from the mud in Budd Inlet at Swantown Marina in Puget Sound, Washington.
                                                                                                              Photo submitted by Vince Braun, LAFD Retired

Old LAFD Fire Boat Sinks

Retired Los Angeles Fireboat No. 1 was named the Archibald J. Eley after the LAFD Chief Engineer who served from May 24, 1910 to July, 1919.
 After many years of service the venerable fireboat was sold to a private citizen and was refurbished as a houseboat. April Owings and her three cousins were living on the 1919 vintage vessel for the past two years and were awakened by the tipping of the boat.
 "We woke up half-tipped," she said, with the 65-foot, 65 ton boat aground and listing after taking on water.
 "Skippers of the tugboats in the harbor made a futile attempt at saving the boat. Officials contained a diesel fuel spill after 20-30 gallons went into the water.
 Owners of the boat were hoping to refloat the vessel, using a system of pumps, straps and balloons, after trying to dredge away some of the mud.

Source: The Los Angeles Firefighter, March/April 2000

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