Port Houston (fireboat)
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According to the Transactions of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Port Houston was the world's first diesel-electric fireboat.
- 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.”