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Tour details Originally designed as a City of Chicago Fireboat, the “Fred A. Busse” was built in Bay City, Michigan in 1937 and is similar to two other fire fighting vessels, the Victor Schlaeger and the Joseph Medill, constructed in Sturgeon Bay shortly after World War II. It served the Chicago Fire Department for many years and now houses a small museum dedicated to Chicago’s firefighting efforts.

About the Fireboat

Name: Fred A. Busse
Owner: Legend Cruises, LLC Richard Nebel lll
Official No. 235774
Gross Tons: 99
Net Tons: 67
Length: 90 Feet
Berth: 22 Feet, 4 Inches
Depth: 11 Feet
Approx. Draft: 5 Feet, 5 Inches
Place Built: Bay City, Michigan
Date Built: 1937
Capacity: 127 Passengers
Hull: Steel
Twin Screw Propulsion by Detroit Diesels (871)
Hydraulic steering control

Chicago Fireboat tours leave the Sturgeon Bay city dock, adjacent to the Door County Maritime Museum.

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120 N Madison Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-495-6454
Fred A. Busse
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