The Kevin C. Kane was formerly an FDNY fireboat and is currently being refitted as a long-haul tugboat. She was commissioned in 1992, participated in two high-profile events: responding to al Qaeda's attack on the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001; the rescue of airline passengers from the airliner that landed on the Hudson River. She was auctioned off after she incurred damage during Hurricane Sandy. The vessel was named after a firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty.
According to Barbara La Rocca, author of Going Coast New York City, the Kevin C. Kane was the busiest fireboat in the World.
In 2017 her second owner sold her, after not making a real effort to repurpose her, to Mike Cole, owner of Iron Works Construction in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. Cole is adapting the vessel to serve as a tugboat. According to Cole, removing her fire pumps and water cannon reduced her draft by more than a foot, but, during the refit, he plans to add two further decks to her superstructure, to provide accommodation for her crew on long voyages.
The Kane served as a fireboat in the New York City Fire Department for more than 20 years and was an active participant in some of that city’s extraordinary events during that span.
At the time of the initial attack, the fireboat, Kevin C. Kane, was out of service undergoing repairs. The crew of the Kane quickly placed their boat back in service, and responded to the scene, and joined the other fireboats in fire suppression and rescue operations. The Kane was used to evacuate people from lower Manhattan to safety.
The Fleet of FDNY Marine Co. 6 is berthed there, including the Fireboat Kevin C. Kane, which made more runs than any fireboat in the World.