Door, 67" x 28", Nautical Ship Door, Baltimore MD Fire Boat Salvage



This steel, watertight door was salvaged from a decomissioned fireboat, the Mayor J Harold Grady, that served Baltimore, Maryland from 1961- 2007.

The door features the nautical oval-shape, embossed panels and original hinges. The front of the door has a simple pull handle, a pair of hinge blades welded to the surface and 8 wedges around the edge to accept the dog closers. The interior of the door has a matching pull handle and a rubber gasket lining the edge to seal the door when in place. The door is embossed with rectangular panel-like shapes, visible from both sides.

Condition: Solid, nautical grade door. The paint is heavily worn and flaked, showing the raw steel. The other half of the hinges and dogs used to secure the door were not salvaged. The rubber gasket door seal is in good shape but has begun to crackle in areas.

Measurements: Without hinges, this door measures 21 1/2 wide.
The hinges extend 3" past the edge of the door.

History: This door was salvaged from the Mayor J Harold Grady, a 6000 GPM (gallon per minute) fireboat built in 1960, serving Baltimore, Maryland, from 1961 until it was decommissioned in 2007. This fireboat and items from it are featured on Season 10, Episode 8, of the Diy Network show, "Salvage Dawgs".

Weight: 107 lbs.
Item Measurements: 27.5(L) x 5(W) x 67.25(H)

Naval architecture corner: Why are nautical doors and windows rounded?
According to a 28-year veteran in the field of Naval Architecture and Yacht Design, "Stress concentration is the primary reason. Watertight integrity is a pleasant partner, but not the driving reason. We try to avoid any discontinuities such as hard corners, abrupt changes in structure, etc. because the ship girder is subjected to bending and torsional stresses by movement in the sea, load concentrations, etc. Any movement places stress on structural components and sudden changes of continuity, such as square corners in doors, introduces high concentrations of stress in the vicinity of the discontinuity and, even if the stress is within limits, over time, fatigue fractures (increasing the effect of the original discontinuity) will soon occur."

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