San Francisco commissions new fireboat

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(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco commissioned its new fireboat St. Francis on Monday, 27 years to the day after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit the area, the San Francisco Examiner reported. The 88-foot vessel, built by Vigor Fab, will join the city's two other fireboats, Guardian and Phoenix. The earthquake anniversary was chosen to commission the new boat because when the temblor hit in 1989, a fireboat was credited with saving the Marina District from greater destruction by providing a critical source of water when local water lines collapsed.

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By Professional Mariner Staff