Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Al Skinner lives: the New Fire Islander

Skinner, 1969
Frank Mina


Lincoln McMahon dug up this new USCG listing:   

US Coast Guard records

Results for Vessel: FIRE ISLANDER

Vessel Information:Vessel Particulars:
VIN: 1246183
Hull Number: FI-338
Vessel Call Sign:
Build Year: 2013
Service: Passenger (Inspected)
Length: 85.0 ft
Breadth: 20.0 ft
Depth: 8.4 ft
Alternate VINs: CG12195221246183,
IMO Number:

Service Information:Tonnage Information:
Service: In Service
Out Of Service Date: N/A
Last Removed From Service By: N/A
Gross Tonnage(GRT): 95
Net Tonnage(NRT): 76
Gross Tonnage(GT ITC):
Cargo Authority:

Vessel Documents and Certifications
No Data

Summary of Coast Guard Contacts
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Lincoln McMahon tracked down this PR release from  Blount Boat:

Blount Boats Signs Contract For New Fire Island Ferry
Warren, R.I. (September 26, 2012) – Blount Boats has signed a contract with Fire Island Ferries to construct an 85 foot aluminum ferry boat for service between Bay Shore and Fire Island on Great South Bay. This vessel will be a sister ship to the M/V Firebird (Hull 253), M/V Fire Island Flyer (Hull 308) and M/V Fire Island Belle (Hull 326) built by the Blount shipyard in 1984, 2001 and 2008.

The triple screw vessel will be powered by Detroit Series 60 Tier II diesel engines, 600 hp each at 2,100 rpm with 2:1 ZF 550 reduction gears. Delivery for Hull 338 is scheduled for June 2013. The new vessel will be the ninth boat built by Blount for Fire Island Ferries.

Fire Island Ferries has been in operation since 1948 and supplies fast marine transportation services from Bay Shore, Long Island to Fire Island.

Pic by Frank Mina

more skinners:

Skinner. Unknown photographer
Skinner by Hank Stillgebauer
Chuck Foster Sr. on Drums.
Susie Fitzgerald  by wall 

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