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    NEW YORK (AP) - The owners of a historic fireboat that pumped
    water to aid firefighters at the World Trade Center after Sept. 11
    say the boat is in need of about $700,000 in repairs.
    Three of the 72-year-old boat's five engines have mechanical
    problems, and metal has been lost from its right propeller, The New
    York Times reported Thursday.
    The 17 people who collectively own the boat have written to New
    York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to ask for a
    $350,000 grant and are planning a campaign to match that amount,
    the Times said.
    The "John J. Harvey" debuted in 1931 and served the New York
    City Fire Department for 63 years before it was decommissioned in
    1995. In 1999, a group of private owners then bought it for $28,000
    at a silent auction.
    The boat went back to work for the fire department after the
    trade center was attacked, ferrying people to safety and helping to
    pump water for firefighters at the site.
    "It could go on forever," Bob Lenney, who was the boat's
    captain for the fire department for 25 years, told the Times,
    "with the money."
    The boat was honored by the National Trust for Historic
    Preservation in October 2001 and was the subject of the children's
    book "Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey."

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