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Historic FDNY Fire Boat May Be Evicted From Suffolk County Dock

600-Ton Ship Could Be Scrapyard Bound
FDNY fire boat docked in Greenport, Long Island (credit: Mike Xirinachs/WCBS 880)

FDNY fire boat docked in Greenport, Long Island (credit: Mike Xirinachs/WCBS 880)

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GREENPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A very large piece of New York City firefighter history may soon be forced to take its final voyage to the scrapyard.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, Suffolk County officials threatened to evict an historic fire boat docked in Greenport.

While the search continues for a new home for the historic boat, many hold out hope the 600-ton ship will be able to stay.

“We put a lot of work into it already and we hate to see it just go,” ship volunteer Rich Delani told Xirinachs. “It would be a shame, like any historical building or monument or whatever to see it just go away and be destroyed.”

FDNY fire boat docked in Greenport, Long Island (credit: Mike Xirinachs/WCBS 880)

FDNY fire boat docked in Greenport, Long Island (credit: Mike Xirinachs/WCBS 880)

The county has ordered the boat out of a dock it controls and subleases to Greenport. The village board is scheduled to act on what to do next.

Some say the rusted tourist attraction is an eyesore, but others disagree.

“I think the boat’s good for Greenport, it should stay,” said a local barber. “Because Greenport’s old and rusted and it’s not polluting nothing. Fix Greenport up too, along with the boat.”

The boat’s been docked in Greenport since July.

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