Videos: Historic fire boat becomes part of Fire Museum of Maryland

"Tommy," which was named after former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., will be restored and displayed


By Leila Merrill

TIMONIUM, Md. — The fireboat "Tommy" is now part of the Fire Museum of Maryland.

The boat arrived Thursday, WBALTV reported, and is named after former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., the father of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The boat was decommissioned in 2015, and much of it was scrapped, but the museum has plans to restore and display the boat.

"It's been about three years that we've been working on this and what you see here is the fruition of hundreds of telephone calls, emails and plans to have the boat cut down further," said Stephen Heaver, director of the Fire Museum of Maryland. "(We'll) make it an interpretive exhibit of the museum, and people in the museum will be able to come into the boat through a door ... and talk to people about why fireboats are important and waterfront safety, and that sort of thing."

 

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