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GovDeals Baltimore Fireboat Auction

Auction currently open for bidding and closes on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm ET.

GovDeals, a leading online auction marketplace for the sale of government surplus and confiscated items, has hundreds of items open for sale on its virtual online auction block from over 2,000 state and local government agencies.

After 47 years of service, the Baltimore Fire Department is putting the Fireboat “Mayor J. Harold Grady” on the auction block. The Grady was decommissioned in November 2007 and is now serving a new role for the city as proceeds of this, and other sales on behalf of Baltimore City, will be returned to the Baltimore City General Fund, ultimately increasing revenues and saving taxpayer money. The Grady has already generated bidding up to $25,000.

The 85 foot, 6,000 g.p.m vessel, built by Jakobson Shipyard, Inc. in 1960, is a round bottom, displacement vessel built of welded steel. She is powered by a single Fairbanks Morse 10-cylinder diesel engine with single propeller shaft, controllable-pitch propeller and rudder. The main engine is also used to power two fire pumps with a total pumping capacity of 6000 GPM at 150 psi.

More information, a historical overview of the Grady’s life, and a photo documentary can be viewed at

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