The Aeolian


Los Angeles' first fireboat, Aeolian, probably was one-of-a-kind because its sole firefighting capability was a 60 gallon bicarbonate of soda and sulphuric acid chemical supply which, when mixed and discharged through the reeled hose, formed an extinguishing agent. The boat also carried a short ladder for boarding lumber schooners and other vessels. Purchased in 1915 and believed to have been built in Seattle, the 20-foot-long craft went in service in 1916.

Circa 1918

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