Lighthouse Tender FIR (WLM-212)
Fir's fluids were all drained and all thru-hulls were blanked off when she was moved to the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in 1997. She was in remarkably good condition, having spent almost her entire life moored in fresh water.
Liberty Maritime Museum acquired her in 2002. Over the course of the 5+ years we owned her we made operational her two 100KW ship service generators and most of her equipment. We were unsuccessful in finding a museum to accept her, Fir was sold in 2008.
The following equipment was operational and had been tested in 2008:
Nearly all of her interior, exterior and navigation lights.
Galley equipment including; refer, oven, range and Gaylord hood.
Buoy crane, anchor winch, stern capstan and boat windlass.
#2 Fire Pump and all fire stations, #2 potable water pump
Main electrical switching panel, all breaker boxes and shore power tie (440V).
All doors, portholes, hatches and scuttles, as well as interior screen doors.
Other equipment had not been operated since the vessel was put up. Fluids had not been added and blanks for thru-hulls had not all been removed. Fuel tanks were clean and empty, as was the sewage tank.
Fir is reported to have been made operational by the new owners. In 2014 she was reported to have cruised from San Francisco to a new home off the San Joaquin River.
Fir is remarkably complete. She has obviously always been well taken care of by people who cared for her.
Her interior is in surprisingly good condition and all of her equipment looks well cared for.
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