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Retired FDNY Fireboat Becomes Floating Museum

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September 03, 2021 | NEW YORK LINDSEY PALMER, Managing Editor
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Retired Fireboat John D. McKean, named after FDNY Marine Engineer John D. McKean who was severely burned during a gas explosion on another fireboat, will soon be opening up to the public as a floating museum.

The John D. McKean served from 1955 until its retirement in 2010. During its time of service, the McKean responded to and helped at some of New York City's most notable incidents, such as the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Fire in 1991, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and "The Miracle on the Hudson" in 2009.

In 2018, the non-profit Fireboat McKean Preservation Project organization was formed to restore and preserve the historic boat for fundraising and educational purposes. The McKean is now docked at Pier 25 along the Hudson River where it will soon be open for tours to the public on a donation basis.

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