U.S. Coast Guard Cutter FIR, Puget Sound Area, Seattle, King County, WA
Photos 1-33 were taken while the FIR was mothballed at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, California.
Significance: Designed a National Historic Landmark for her exceptional national significance, the FIR is the last surviving tender built under the U.S. Lighthouse Service. She was originally used to service and maintain lighthouses in the Puget Sound and along the Washington coast. The FIR remained largely unchanged, and as such "represents a largely unheralded workaday-aspect of the lighthouse service, as well as the seafaring foundation from which the modern Coast Guard's buoy tender fleet evolved."
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N882
Survey number: HAER WA-167
Building/structure dates: ca. 1939 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1951 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1974 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1982 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1985 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1991 Subsequent Work