As always is the routine during San Francisco’s Fleet Week celebrations, the City’s fireboat will welcome the Fleet Week Parade of Ships with a huge spray of water as they enter the Golden Gate. What a grand surprise to see not SFFD’s Phoenix but Guardian Fireboat Number Two.

Built in British Columbia, Canada by Yarrows, Ltd., in 1951, this grand old workhorse was built for the purpose to be used as a fireboat for the Vancouver Fire Department. Designed with two deck turrets, a single pilot house turret, and one forward deck turret, she also has two on-deck house reels that holds 1000 feet of 3-inch hose each, along with a carbon dioxide system supplied by fourteen 75 lb. CO2 cylinders. In this picture captured in the 2012 edition of the Parade of Ships, the Guardian is spraying her water but the spray has turned to a colorful light show, and now more resembles the Northern Lights than a water-welcome!

unedited and untouched image captured with a Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5 IS L lens

featured 11 October 2012 in Superbly Visual
featured in Oct 2012 in A Love of Boats
featured 2 July 2013 in As Is Photography
featured 21 April 2013 in San Francisco

American freelance artistic photographer with a magic-box. Cloud-chaser, sunset seeker, luna-lover and always looking up and down with my eyes and lens.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Lovely, light the rainbow effect

  • thank you very much!!

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  • SweetMMS
    SweetMMSabout 2 years ago


  • thanks – yes, it was an amazing sight!

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  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 2 years ago

    loved seeing these as a kid. reckon i still do! thanks for bringing a smile

  • if this image brought back fond memories then great! thank you!

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 2 years ago

    great capture.
    congratulations on your well deserved feature in the SUPERBLY VISUAL group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • thank you!!!

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    rocamiadesignabout 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

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    Larry Lingard-...almost 2 years ago

    Chosen for Individuality / Dramatics/ Ambiance / & Effort.

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