MetalCraft Marine


Builders of High Speed Aluminum Fire, Rescue, Patrol and Work Boats

Assessment by Walt Wilsey of Alligator Marine, Norfolk, VA

4 April, 2007

To: Metal Craft Marine
Attn: Mr. Bob Clark
Fax: 613-542-6515

Subj: Newport News Fireboat # QME00467MOOE

Mr. Clark,

Metal Craft Marine called Alligator Marine, Inc. to assist in raising Newport News Fireboat which partially sank pier side 21 March 2007. With the use of pumps and lift bags the boat was successfully raised by Newport News Fire Department. No physical damage was apparent to the hull or structure. The engines and electrical systems sustained water damage and likely require replacement.

After the boat was raised, I inspected the engine room and found no physical damage or hull openings that would cause the boat to sink. However, the engine room bilge pumps were off when the boat was raised. All suspect items such as exhaust hoses, hull penetrations, scuppers and check valves seemed to be in good condition and functioning properly. No leaks were detected.

I spent approximately 30 minutes on the boat after it was raised. There was no evidence of water intrusion during this period.


Walt Wilsey
Marine Surveyor


Here's a scan of the original fax.