The Chicago Fireboat Engine No. 37 was name in honor of Chicago mayor, and newspaper editor, Joseph Medill. The 92 foot long fireboat was launched in 1949, and designed to get under the bridges of downtown Chicago. The boat was retired from service sometimes after 1986 and in the early 2000s the boat had been gutted and is now setting in a field overlooking Lake Michigan in Escanaba. How a boat from Chicago ended up in Escenaba I don’t know, but it sure looks sad just sitting on land stripped of all its hardware and rusting away.
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