05/06/15 10:00am
05/06/2015 10:00 AM
The Fire Fighter boat as it appeared in 2013. (Credit: File photo)

The Fire Fighter boat as it appeared in 2013. (Credit: File photo)

The decommissioned FDNY fireboat serving as a floating museum in Greenport Harbor has been awarded an $80,000 National Maritime Heritage Grant, the museum’s president announced Tuesday.

But the grant requires donations to match the federal funds.

“We’re only half way there but it’s a step in the right direction,” said the museum’s president, Charlie Ritchie. “It’s a one-for-one match.” (more…)

07/26/14 2:00pm
07/26/2014 2:00 PM
Fireboat Fire Fighter is mooring at the railroad dock. (Katherine Schroeder file photo)

The former FDNY fireboat Fire Fighter, now a floating museum, will likely remain at the Long Island Rail Road dock in Greenport if a measure to cede control to the village is approved Tuesday by the Suffolk County Legislature. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

In what’s being called a win-win for both parties, Suffolk County is poised to give up oversight of the Railroad Dock on Third Street and let Greenport Village deal directly with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which owns the property. (more…)

03/14/14 8:00am
03/14/2014 8:00 AM

Fire Fighter docked in Greenport Village. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

The flap over the fireboat Fire Fighter, which is still docked in Greenport, has gotten personal.

According to a certified letter sent to Charlie Ritchie, president of the Fire Fighter Museum, the historic vessel must be removed from the Greenport railroad dock by March 31 at the expense of either the organization or its individual members.  (more…)

03/01/14 10:00am
03/01/2014 10:00 AM
FILE PHOTO | Firefighter still docked in Greenport Harbor despite board's demand for it to relocate.

FILE PHOTO | Fire Fighter is still docked in Greenport Harbor despite board’s demand for it to relocate.

The Village Board’s deadline for fireboat Fire Fighter to move from the railroad dock in Greenport has arrived without any action being taken against the historic ship, which remains ported in harbor with no “definite” plans to relocate in the near future, Fire Fighter museum president Charlie Ritchie Friday. (more…)

03/01/14 6:00am
Fire Fighter docked in Greenport Village. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Fire Fighter docked in Greenport Village. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Fire Fighter is America’s fireboat. Presumptuous, maybe, but Fire Fighter represents everything about America that was and is good.

Charles Ritchie

Charles Ritchie

The die was cast for Fire Fighter. Laid down at the height of the shipbuilding industry in a country approaching World War II and designed by premier Naval architect William Francis Gibbs, she was bound for greatness — and great things she did. A National Historic Landmark since 1989, a Gallant Ship award recipient in 1974 and one of the Heroes of the Harbor who came to the aid of those embedded in the tragedy of 9/11, this vessel is truly the most famous fi re-boat in the world.

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