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Title Video: Classic Fireboats in Action. Harbor Fires - New York & New Jersey 1900-1950. The Ahrens-Fox Video Library, 1996. VHS tape.
Object Name Videotape
Catalog Number 2011.001.0024
Collection Hoboken Fire Collection
Credit Museum Collections.
Scope & Content Classic Fireboats in Action. Harbor Fires - New York & New Jersey 1900-1950. The Ahrens-Fox Video Library, Webster Groves, MO. Copyright 1996.

VHS tape cassette with printed sleeve. Black-and-white. Running time: 30:00. Copy 1; copy 2 use copy.

A compilation of archival footage with titles, music and narration from several fires in the New York Harbor including three in Hoboken plus others in Jersey City and Weehawken. (It is entirely likely that the Hoboken Fire Department assisted at the fires depicted in Jersey City and Weehawken.)

The fireboats were built by the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company and their features are occassionally described with some detail.

The Hoboken fires are:
Fire No. 1. Hoboken Ferry Terminal 1905; 6:30 to 7:40; Edison footage; Hoboken firemen seen.

Fire No. 2. Hoboken Pier 1927, S.S. Seneca; 9:30 to 11:20; mostly newsreel aerial footage including the Lipton Tea sign

Fire No. 3. Hoboken Pier 1944; 22:50 - 23:50; several views of Hoboken firemen at work including one of their Ahrens-Fox fire trucks (a pumper); footage of injured longshoremen with rescue and first aid; three deaths.


Notes transfer to DVD 2011 for local use only; 2011.001.0024.01
Date 1900-1950
Year Range from 1900
Year Range to 1950
Search Terms Hoboken Fire Department
S.S. Seneca
Caption printed sleeve front and back
Imagefile 092\20110010024.TIF
Classification Exteriors
Railroads
Buildings
Signs
Business & Commerce
Ferry
Fires
Trucks
Ships
Disasters
Tugboats
Aerials
Pier
Docks
Motion Pictures
Nurses
Men
Aircraft
Water
Boats