FIREBOAT: Originally named the "DAVID
CAMPBELL" as a city of Portland, Oregon fireboat, the Express (official number 211065) was
designed by Chicago based naval architect Theodor Knudson to be 125' long by a 27' beam and 9' depth, 242 gross/154 net tons.
The vessel was steam driven by twin Compound engines which were supplied by twin Ballin boilers and burned oil, producing
a combined 1,200 horsepower. Assembled in Ferrysburg, Michigan in 1912 as
hull 52 by the Johnston Brothers Company of riveted iron/nickle plates on steel frames which were produced in Illinois. The
vessel was knocked down, crated and shipped to Portland to be reassembled at the yard of Joseph Supple by the Smith and Watson
Ironworks making the first firefighting action in May of 1913. The first David Campell served the
city of Portland for 13 years. The vessel was named for fire chief David Campell who had died
June 26, 1911 fighting the Union Oil fire. The vessel was replaced in 1927 by a gasoline powered fireboat also named
David Campell, which still serves the city of Portland to this day. With the new fireboat online, the name
of the older fireboat was changed to "CHIEF".