|Title||[Fireboat "The New Yorker"]|
Watercolor painting on paper, framed with an inscribed mat for presentation. Ship portrait of the fireboat "The New Yorker," by artist Ph. Merz. The painting depicts a steamboat in New York Bay with the Statue of Liberty and a second boat in the background. The ship flies two flags, a United States flag and a blue flag with Maltese cross symbols in red. Waves with whitecaps occupy the foreground. Painting is signed at lower right: "Ph. Merz deg. / 1893. N. York." The mat is decorated with a hand-drawn eagle and shield with ribbon and inscribed: "NEW-YORK / DECB: 11. 1893. / THE FIREBOAT / "THE NEW-YORKER" / PRESENTED TO / WASHINGTON ENGINE COMP: / NO. 1 / BY / WILLIAM C. BRAISTED. " Overall dimensions 21.5 inches high x 27.25 inches wide (including frame).
(Keywords: Firefighter, Ship, Firefighting Equipment, NSFD, FDNY)
|Ownership and History||Washington Engine Co. No. 1, part of Staten Island's North Shore Fire Department, was organized in 1853 and disbanded in 1905. The New Yorker was in service as a New York City fireboat from 1891 until 1931. Its station was at the Battery near Castle Garden, in Manhattan.|
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