Owned by 2 Navy vets, Chicago's Fireboat Tour offers a unique history experience

  • Source: WGN-TV 9 Chicago
  • Published: 09/30/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Sailing on Chicago’s waterways on the Chicago Fireboat is a truly unique experience. The Fred A. Busse is a retired fireboat that was part of the Chicago Fire Department’s fleet till 1981. Built as a modern ship in 1937, the Fred A. Busse was a modern marvel, built with a lower profile to fit under the city’s bridges. This helped cut down on response time to fire emergencies. Today, the Fred A. Busse heads out on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan as a historical tour vessel, with other options such as sunset cruise and private events. It’s owned by two Navy veterans, Ray Novak and Erich Totsc. “Going around the world twice in the Navy, and then to be here on the water, showcasing Chicago on a boat like this with that military utility kind of purpose to it is pretty cool,” Totsc said.



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