March 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Fireboat Alki: Bidding tops $23,000; nine days left
In its first of 10 days on the auction block, the City of Seattle’s 1927-vintage Fireboat Alki has attracted some 30 bids, with a high bid of $23,800 as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Bidding on the 123-foot fireboat began Monday evening and will continue until 7 p.m. March 14 at bidadoo.com. Photos, a spec sheet on the boat and more information about the vessel can be seen on the auction site.
Katherine Schubert-Knapp, spokeswoman for the city’s Department Finance & Administrative Services, said the city has no particular price in mind.
Schubert-Knapp said, “Our primary interests are 1) Seeing the boat go to an owner who has the resources and experience to take care of it; and 2) getting a good price.”
The boat is for sale because the city has three other, more modern firefighting vessels.
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