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86-year-old fire boat goes to auction

An online auction house began accepting bids recently on the 1927-vintage fireboat Alki, the senior member of the Seattle Fire Department’s four-boat Marine Emergency Response Team.

Bidding for the 123-foot boat will start at $1 and continue for 10 days at, a Seattle-based firm that auctions surplus property from the city and other clients.

For the successful bidder, the boat’s purchase price will be just the first expense, followed by moorage, insurance, fuel, maintenance and whatever restoration or conversion the new owner has in mind.

Click here for the full report by The Seattle Times.