Seattle’s Historic Fireboat Lights no Fire of Future Possibilities
Posted: June 20, 2013 | By: Jack Broom [Seattle Times]
After failing to attract a viable offer in a 10-day online auction earlier this year, Seattle’s 1927-vintage fireboat Alki faces an uncertain future: Will a wealthy individual or organization step forward to purchase the historic boat, possibly at a second auction in August?
Or could the 123-foot vessel, once billed as the “world’s largest fireboat,” be on its way to becoming — as one local boatyard owner fears — “the next Kalakala.”
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Ed Note: In the July issue of Sea, we wrote about Alki being purchased at auction — Fire(Boat) Sale, p. 8 — but between writing the piece and going to press, the buyer backed out.