The fireboat “The New Yorker” began its service on February 1, 1891. “The New Yorker” cost $98,000 to build. She was stationed at the Battery near Castle Garden and was part of Engine Co. 57. “The New Yorker” was 125 feet long and weighed 243 tons. This fireboat was able to pump 13,000 gallons of water per minute. The crew lived on board the fireboat. “The New Yorker” was the most powerful fireboat in the world during its day and remained in service until 1931.
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Describe the scene in the photograph and explain why this equipment was necessary.