Captain Crotty (fireboat)

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Captain Crotty (fireboat) [r]: A fireboat operating in Houston, Texas [e]

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The Captain Crotty was Houston's second fireboat.[1] When commissioned in 1950 she replaced the Port Houston.[2][3] She was joined by Houston's third fireboat, the Captain J.L. Farnsworth in 1973. In 1983 she, in turn was retired, replaced by the J.S. Bracewell and Howard T. Tellepsen.[4]

The Captain Crotty was 79  feet (24.08  m) long, and built in the R.T.C Shipbuilding of Camden, New Jersey.[2] According to Motorboating magazine she was "highly maneuverable", while built to a "relatively inexpensive" design.

After she was retired she was sold to Ocean Diving Adventures Incorporated, for $50,000.[5]

She was named after Charles Crotty, who had been assistant director of the Port.[6] The name was picked through a contest.[7]


  1. State-of-the-Art Emergency Response Vessel Headed Home, Port of Houston Authority, 2014-05-14. Retrieved on 2019-08-30. “In 1924, a fire in the hold of a steamship carrying cotton prompted the Houston Fire Commissioner to declare that the Port of Houston needed adequate firefighting apparatus to attack fires from water as well as land. A bond election to pay for the city's first fireboat passed with a wide margin. This election occurred just one day after a fire along the banks of the Houston Ship Channel spread to oil on the water and burned for more than two hours, with flames as high as 40 feet.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fireboat for Houston, Motorboating magazine, July 1950, p. 122. Retrieved on 2019-08-30. “Captain Crotty, a new 79-foot Diesel-powered fireboat for the Port of Houston, Texas, was launched recently at the R.T.C. Shipbuilding Co., Camden, New Jersey.”
  3. Mark Lardas. The Port of Houston, Arcadia Publishing, p. 78. Retrieved on 2019-08-30.
  4. Houston Fire Department, Arcadia Publishing, p. 46, 62, 69. Retrieved on 2019-08-30.
  5. Captain Crotty sold for $50,000, Port of Houston magazine, p. 29. Retrieved on 2019-08-30.
  6. Illustrated City Book of Houston, University of Michigan, 1925, p. 181. Retrieved on 2019-08-30.
  7. Rivers and Harbors, University of Michigan, p. 36. Retrieved on 2019-08-30.