Code 3 Chicago Fireboat Victor L. Schlaeger, Marine Engine Co. 58 (13203)
This is Item #13203
Release: May 2004
Edition Quantity: 3,000
Code 3 Collectibles presents a NEW release
in our Fireboat Series...With a NEW Light-Up
Feature in the Water Base Display!
This stunning replica of the Chicago Fireboat Marine Engine Co. 58, the
Victor L. Schlaeger can be displayed on the brass tone stands and in the
dramatic water base. We have added a light up feature for the water base! With a
flip of a switch you can illuminate the water to a beautiful crystal blue color.
Now if you want to celebrate the Irish tradition of St. Patrick's Day, you can
flip the switch the other way and instantly you have your mini-version of the
Chicago River on St. Patty's Day! This model features a telescoping water tower,
A Bit of Trivia about the Chicago River on St. Patrick's
For the past 43 years the Chicago River turns green for the St. Patrick's Day
Parade celebration. One would ask how this is different from the rest of the
year when the river is always a murky shade of green. The difference is both
significant and breathtaking because the color green is identical to the greens
of Ireland from where it got its name "The Emerald Isle."
In 1961 Stephen Bailey was approached by a plumber who was wearing some white
coveralls, they knew this only because they could see some of the original
color. These coveralls had been mostly stained or dyed a perfect shade of green,
an Irish green to better describe it. It was when Stephen Bailey asked how the
coveralls got this way, that they discovered that the dye used to detect leaks
into the river turned green, not just any color green, but the perfect color
green. "A tradition is born"
Today this miracle belongs to Mike Butler and his crew, which he claims to
always have a little help from a leprechaun who seems to just appear at this
time each year.
If you were watching this for the first time you would think this is a mistake
or a bad joke. You see the dye is orange and its initial color on the surface of
the river is orange and you would think to yourself what heathen would do
something like this. After a moment or two you then see the true color magically
Two miracles appear that day, the river turns a perfect shade of green something
that many other cities have tried but have not been successful at doing. The
second miracle, by starting with the color orange giving the impression that
river will be dyed orange only to change the river to that true Irish green. We
believe that is where the leprechaun comes in.
As the late Stephen Bailey has said, the road from Chicago to Ireland is marked
in green. From the Chicago River to the Illinois River, then to the Mississippi,
up the Gulf Stream and across the Atlantic you can see the beautiful green enter
the Irish Sea, clearly marking the way from Chicago to Ireland.
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