About the Fireboat

Fred A. Busse



Information about the Fireboat

Originally designed as a City of Chicago Fireboat, the “Fred A. Busse” was built in Bay City, Michigan in 1937 and is similar to two other fire fighting vessels, the Victor Schlaeger and the Joseph Medill, constructed in Sturgeon Bay shortly after World War II.

It served the Chicago Fire Department for many years and now houses a small museum dedicated to Chicago’s firefighting efforts.



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Vessel Name:  Fred A. Busse

Owner:  Richard Nebel III - Legend Cruises, LLC

Official No.  235774

Gross Tons:  99

Net Tons:  67

Length:  90 Feet

Berth:  22 Feet, 4 Inches

Depth:  11 Feet

Approx. Draft:  5 Feet, 5 Inches

Place Built:  Bay City, Michigan

Date Built:  1937

Capacity:  127 Passengers

Hull:  Steel

Twin Screw Propulsion by Detroit Diesels (871)

Hydraulic steering control

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