The cover of the 1931 Chris Craft New Boat Catalog & a 1939 Hull Card for a 19'  Runabout.

The "correct" fire extinguisher for the Chris Craft manufacturing years.


     Source for information below is from the Chris Craft Accessory catalogs/price list from the various years. If shown in the accessory catalog, with picture, it is stated by the extinguisher model as AC. Another form of verification were the Chris Craft New Boat Catalogs. Extinguishers on the new boats could be found in the back ground of certain shots of the larger Chris Craft cabin rooms and galleys. These will be designated next to the extinguisher model with a CCC.
     Be aware that Chris Craft often used old stock photos for their catalogs. This has been cross checked against the manufacturing dates of the General fire extinguishers for accuracy. The last patent date mentioned, refers to the earliest date possible that extinguisher could have gone into production
     Overlap years:  This pertains to the Chris Craft model year change (August) and possible conflict from General or Pyrene supplying the inventory needs for Chris Craft. I have tried to be as exact as possible regarding the "correct" model for the Chris Craft production year. By designating a particular year as an overlap year, it should allow or compensate any change in a new model fire extinguisher introduced which didn't exactly fit the Chris Craft model (August) physical year change. This should also compensate for any "in stock" fire extinguishers that Chris Craft had in stock and simply put on the next years model. In that Chris Craft would have ordered in bulk to receive a discount, this is more than likely possible.
     Until a Chris Craft Engineering Change and/or a Shop Memorandum surface designating a specific hull # with a new style extinguisher mounted on it, I feel it is best to allow some leeway as to letting two models be available for a year in question. Currently, there are just too many variables to be that specific. See the "General" or "Pyrene" pages for further detailed information and photos on the different model changes and year of production.

Quick Reference List

1930:  Pyrene (not documented yet)
1931:  Pyrene (not documented yet)
1932:  Pyrene (not documented yet)
1933:  Pyrene (not documented yet)
1934:  Pyrene (not documented yet)
1935:  Pyrene (not documented yet)
1936:  Pyrene AC #1
1937:  Pyrene AC #1 & General S-O-S #2
1938:  General S-O-S #2 AC & Pyrene #1 
1939:  General S-O-S #2 & #3
1940:  General S-O-S #3 AC
1941:  General S-O-S #3 AC
1942:  General S-O-S #4 CCC & #3
1943:  W.W. II  no production of pleasure craft
1944:  W.W. II  no production of pleasure craft
1945:  W.W. II  no production of pleasure craft
1946:  General S-O-S #4 & #5
1947:  General S-O-S #5
1948:  General S-O-S #5
1949:  General S-O-S #5 CCC#6  (#6 through #8 possible.)
1950:  General Quick Aid #6  (#6 through #8 possible.)
1951:  General Quick Aid #6 AC & CCC (#6 through #8 possible.)
1952:  General Quick Aid AC #6 #9 (#6 through #8 possible.)
1953:  General Quick Aid AC  #9
1954:  General Quick Aid AC  #9
1955:  General Quick Aid AC  #9 CCC and #10 & #11
1956:  General Quick Aid AC #10 & #11
1957:  General Quick Aid AC #10 & #11
1958:  General Quick Aid  #12 and #10 & #11
1959:  General Quick Aid  #12
1960:  General Quick Aid  #12

Notes:
Year refers to the Chris Craft Model Year.  (Example: 1936 = August 1935 through July 1936)
AC  Was pictured in the Chris Craft Accessory Catalog (not so accurate in post year issues)
CCC  Was shown in the Chris Craft New Boat Catalog for that year.
Note:  Unable to locate any Chris Craft Accessory Catalogs for Pre 1936, 1942 and 1946-1950.
Fire extinguishers for  Chris Craft were made in the USA.  Not Canada or England.

The Fire Extinguisher Manufacturer, Model  & Year.
(Year refers to the Chris Craft Model Year.)

Pyrene:  (For more detail photos on this particular model, please visit this link)

#1.  Pyrene
1936 AC
1937 AC

1938 overlap year.
#1 & #2.
Used on the 1936 to the early 1938 boats.

This Pyrene is featured in the Chris Craft Accessory Catalog for 1936 and 1937. Also shown in the Pyrene ad for 1931. This label is an exact match. The extinguisher's construction is also a match. Be careful when picking out a Pyrene for your boat. These are easy to confuse with the many varieties that Pyrene manufactured. This one has the "ribbed" back.  The fill cap is a hex nut located in the back of the top behind the handle.
General:  (For more detail photos on a particular brand/model, please visit this link)
 #2.  The original General SOS #1.
Used on the 1937 to the 1939 boats.
1937  overlap year.  
1938 
AC
1939 overlap year. #2 & #3.
No extinguisher in the Chris Craft Acc. Catalog.

This one is the oldest of the  General group. It's manufacturer's name is listed as "General Fire Truck Corp." It has an intricate top section, very detail.  A rough sand cast mold for these parts. As for the patent date, it only mentions "Patent Applied For". The label is solder/tacked on.  The handle and top is solid brass. It is different in every way from all the other models. The differences you will not see on the other models that this one has are the ribs on the very bottom, an actual screw head for the fill nut, top piece, logo and handle.
#3.  General SOS #2.
Used on the 1939 to the 1942 boats.
1939 overlap year.  #2 & #3.
1940
AC
1941 AC
1942 overlap year. #3 & #4.

This model and the next one are very similar. This model did not have a patent date, only patent pending on the label. This is the last model to be manufactured under  "The General Fire Truck Corp." name. Note the different ribs on the top cap compared to the model below. The fill cap is now located in the back behind the handle.
#4.  General SOS #3.
Used from 1942 to 1946.
1942 CCC overlap year.  #3 & #4.
1943-1945 no production of pleasure boats.
1946 overlap year.

The manufacturer's name could either be "The General Detroit Corp." or "The General Pacific Corp." name. Depending on where it was manufactured. This model was patented on September 23, 1941. Since the Chris Craft model year began in August of 1941 for the 1942 line, there would have been some #3 models used in the early 1942 boats. The construction of this model became the standard for at least 10 years.
#5.  General SOS #4
Used on the 1946 to the 1949 boats.
1946 overlap year.  #4 & #5.
1947

1948
1949 overlap year. #5 & #6.

Shown in the Chris Craft New Boat Catalog in 1949. (see picture below) This is the fourth and last S-O-S model. Production started towards the end of W.W.II. The label is soldered/tacked in place. The handle and top cap are heavy duty and well made.  Notice the ribs on the top of the handle and on the top cap piece. This is the same style of construction  as the SOS above that goes to 1951, but the labels did vary. Last patent date:  February 1, 1944.
#6.  General Quick-Aid
Used on the 1949 to the 1952 boats.
1949 overlap year.  #5 & #6, #7, #8.
1950

1951 AC & CCC
1952 overlap year. #6 & #9.
Two color logo, oval.

Same construction as the above. Different logo on the label. "Quick Aid" would now replace the SOS logo theme. It used the same patent numbers as the SOS above, but "Quick Aid" wasn't Trademarked until June 22, 1948.
#7.  General Quick-Aid
Could have been used on the 1949 to the 1952 boats as well.  No proof to say it wasn't used.
1949 overlap year.  #5 & #6, #7, #8.
1950

1951 AC & CCC
1952 overlap year. #6 & #9.

Same patent dates as above. Only a label change.
This label's distinctive feature has a pin line around the oval logo and a maroon highlight of the manufacturing companies at the bottom.  Both "The General Detroit Corp." and "The General Pacific Corp." name were on the label. No longer could you identify where the extinguishers originated.
#8.  General Quick-Aid
Could have been used on the 1949 to the 1952 boats as well.  No proof to say it wasn't used.
1949 overlap year.  #5 & #6,  #7, or #8.
1950

1951 AC & CCC
1952 overlap year. #6 & #7.

Same patent dates as above. Only a label change. This label's distinctive feature has no line around the oval logo and a maroon highlight of the manufacturing companies at the bottom.
#9.  General Quick-Aid
Used on the 1952 to the 1954 boats.
1952 overlap year.  #6 & #9. (#6 to #8 possible.)
1953
1954
1955 overlap year.  #9 & #10 or #11.

Many changes. Perhaps to offer these at an economical price. The logo now has a new look. The top piece is made of a lighter weight brass. The lettering on the top piece is now stamped instead of raised lettering.  The handle is not brass, rather painted to look so. It's bottom is constructed like the models above. Instead of using a solder/tack to adhere the label as in all the previous models, the label is now glued on. This one has four patents. Last patent date:  August 7, 1951.
#10.  General Quick-Aid
Used on the 1954 to the 1958 boats.
1955 overlap year.  #9 & #10 or #11.
1956 #10 or #11.
1957 #10 or #11.
1958 overlap year.  #12 & #10 or #11.

Almost identical construction as above. A new style of construction for the bottom is now being used. There are 5 patent dates on this model. They have a very slight embossing effect for the label. More of a silk screen effect. These labels are very hard to restore unless you have the original screen. Last patent date: November 3, 1953.
#11.  General Quick-Aid
Used on the 1954 to the 1958 boats.
1954 overlap year.  #9 & #10 or #11.
1955
#10 or #11.
1956 #10 or #11.
1957 #10 or #11.
1958 overlap year.  #12 & #10 or #11.

Almost identical construction as above. The "Anti- Freeze Safety Phlare Pump" is no longer stamped into the top. This one is in original condition. Last patent date:  November 3, 1953.
#12.  General Quick-Aid
Used on the 1958 to the 1960 boats.
1958 overlap year.  #12 & #10 or #11.
1959
#12
1960 #12

Identical to the model above in construction, only a label change. Notice the "General Fire Extinguisher Corp." name. This dates it at 1957 or newer. This model has the  metal (not brass) handle that has been painted to look like brass. The brass label is glued on. This model has an older patent date than the two models above it, but it is the newest of the group. A total of at least 12 styles between the 1930's up to 1960.

More info to come as they are documented.

For mounting locations, See the "Brackets" page.


From the "Rudder" magazine, 1938.  Shows required safety equipment for boats.








A picture from the 1949 Chris Craft New Boat Catalog.
Shows the #5 SOS model. Almost all the New Boat Catalogs revealed the extinguishers if you look hard enough.  



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