Massey Shaw Fireboat

Massey Shaw Fireboat Massey Shaw was built in 1935 as a fireboat for the Thames. In 1940 she went to Dunkirk and rescued 500 troops off the beaches, plus returned with a further 110.

She fought in the Blitz and helped form the NHS. https://www.masseyshaw.org The Restoration of Massey Shaw has now been completed after four years thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund . The Society is now developing its Education Project in schools, which communicates the unique history of the vessel during its time on the Thames If you would like to give some time the project please email David, [email protected]

She fought in the Blitz and helped form the NHS. https://www.masseyshaw.org The Restoration of Massey Shaw has now been completed after four years thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund . The Society is now developing its Education Project in schools, which communicates the unique history of the vessel during its time on the Thames If you would like to give some time the project please email David, [email protected]

Mission: To advance public education in the history of marine vessels in particular by the preservation and public display of the Massey Shaw fireboat.

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We shall remember them.
11/11/2020

We shall remember them.

This Wednesday our directors will meet to discuss the on going projects, mainly our engine rebuild and our future plans ...
26/10/2020

This Wednesday our directors will meet to discuss the on going projects, mainly our engine rebuild and our future plans in light of current restrictions on ways to raise funds and ensure we can keep the organisation operational.
If you would like a question answered or wish to bring anything to the board attention, please email [email protected]
If you, a family member or friend might be interested in playing an active role in maintaining and sharing London's oldest fireboat then please get in touch!

An exciting delivery to the yard, a new engine which we hope to strip down and use for parts to finally get our engine b...
21/10/2020

An exciting delivery to the yard, a new engine which we hope to strip down and use for parts to finally get our engine back up and running! A big thank you to all the volunteers for hard work behind the scenes securing this and bringing it back to London. We would also like to thank the Docklands Scouts Project for storing it whilst we work on it.
As with anything these days this wasn't gifted to us so if you're able to donate towards our engine rebuild please visit our website www.masseyshaw.org/donate
#masseyshaw #donate #masseyenginerebuild

04/10/2020
BBC Radio Humberside

Can you help relocate some very unique fire engines?

The museum run by ex-servicemen and volunteers
needs to transport 52 fire engines to a new home..
Can you help with the move? #NorthernLincolnshire

Repost: Today marks the 80th anniversary of the #BattleOfBritain, which saw the tide turn in the war as the Royal Air Fo...
17/09/2020

Repost: Today marks the 80th anniversary of the #BattleOfBritain, which saw the tide turn in the war as the Royal Air Force successfully defended attacks from the Luftwaffe.

The next day, daylight attacks were replaced with night-time raids as a result of the defeat. Firefighters would often be called to deal with explosions and fires which damaged homes, churches and hospitals, including St Thomas’ Hospital.

Today a memorial service at St Thomas’ Hospital was held to pay tribute to those who fought bravely in the Battle Of Britain, those who lost their lives during the Blitz and the courage of those who contributed to the national effort.

The service honoured 10 members of hospital staff killed at St Thomas' Hospital during the Blitz, including Auxiliary Service Firefighters, Evan Morgan Jones and Robert Tanner.

Crews from Lambeth River Fire Station paid their respects from the river as the service took place landside.

During the Second World War there were nine fire boat stations, three pre-war fireboats in service, as well as extra emergency fireboats and barges. These boats played a vital role in fighting fires along the banks of the Thames.

#BattleOfBritain80

http://orlo.uk/inOeC

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the #BattleOfBritain, which saw the tide turn in the war as the Royal Air Force successfully defended attacks from the Luftwaffe.

The next day, daylight attacks were replaced with night-time raids as a result of the defeat. Firefighters would often be called to deal with explosions and fires which damaged homes, churches and hospitals, including St Thomas’ Hospital.

Today a memorial service at St Thomas’ Hospital was held to pay tribute to those who fought bravely in the Battle Of Britain, those who lost their lives during the Blitz and the courage of those who contributed to the national effort.

The service honoured 10 members of hospital staff killed at St Thomas' Hospital during the Blitz, including Auxiliary Service Firefighters, Evan Morgan Jones and Robert Tanner.

Crews from Lambeth River Fire Station paid their respects from the river as the service took place landside.

During the Second World War there were nine fire boat stations, three pre-war fireboats in service, as well as extra emergency fireboats and barges. These boats played a vital role in fighting fires along the banks of the Thames.

#BattleOfBritain80

http://orlo.uk/inOeC

It was another busy weekend on board with volunteers priming and protecting woodwork for the winter season. Not much pro...
06/09/2020

It was another busy weekend on board with volunteers priming and protecting woodwork for the winter season. Not much progress on the engine rebuild, but lots going on behind the scenes! If you can offer any support financially or as a volunteer please visit our website for more information: www.masseyshaw.org
#masseyshaw #fireboat #charity #volunteer

The weather was kind so our volunteers picked up some brushes and painted a new if the deck fitting. Looking much better...
25/08/2020

The weather was kind so our volunteers picked up some brushes and painted a new if the deck fitting. Looking much better now and as always, finished off by a cup of tea to admire the good work done!
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If you're able to donate time or funds towards these maintenance tasks please visit our website and click Donate in the menu!
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#masseyshaw #fireboat #volunteer #london #painting #tea #charity

Support Massey Shaw as a member for only £3 per month! Membership funds are ALL used to maintain and share Massey Shaw's...
10/08/2020
Membership - Adult - Massey Shaw Education Trust

Support Massey Shaw as a member for only £3 per month! Membership funds are ALL used to maintain and share Massey Shaw's unique heritage with the public. Regular funding is vital to ensure our sustainability for the future! https://masseyshaw.org/shop/membership-adult/

Support us through a monthly subscription and become a member of the Society to ensure the Massey Shaw remains operational for future generations.

FREE resources for schools or home schooling parents! Check out our Dunkirk wordsearch, spiced biscuit recipe, potato sc...
04/08/2020

FREE resources for schools or home schooling parents! Check out our Dunkirk wordsearch, spiced biscuit recipe, potato scone recipe or even Trench Stew! Send us a photo of how you get on!
https://masseyshaw.org/learning-zone/
#masseyshaw #educate #wordsearch #recipe #thingstodo #dunkirk

Check out this amazing scale model of Massey with fully functioning water monitor! Great job!
28/07/2020

Check out this amazing scale model of Massey with fully functioning water monitor! Great job!

Hi hope this is OK to post i have just finished my rebuild of the Massey Shaw fire boat she went well and pumps water to.

28/07/2020

LFB Fire Cadets a little challenge for you all! Can you guess what each if these items are called/used for? Post a comment with your guesses and we'll reveal the answer at the weekend!

09/07/2020

David Rogers recently supplied the Worshipful Company of Firefighters with an online presentation about Sir Eyre Massey Shaw. Check out the link to our website where you can watch the presentation.

The video is available publicly on YouTube, but if you enjoy the presentation or wish to use it a donation would be appreciated!

https://masseyshaw.org/presentation-life-and-times-of-sir-eyre-massey-shaw/
#fireboat #masseyshaw #londonfirebrigade #history #sireyremasseyshaw #worshipfulcompanyoffirefighters #firefighter #video #presentation

The birth of the NHS – in a boat off Southend. This article was posted on 12th February 2009 by Tom King on the Southend...
05/07/2020

The birth of the NHS – in a boat off Southend.
This article was posted on 12th February 2009 by Tom King on the Southend Echo website.

SOUTHEND has a new claim to fame in the history books. Evidence has emerged indicating it was the birthplace of the National Health Service (NHS). The setting was the estuary off Southend, the date an unconfirmed day in July 1947.

The summer crowds at the end of Southend pier would have seen a famous sight, cruising off the pierhead.

She was the London County Council fire-fighting boat Massey Shaw. The vessel was something of a national heroine, thanks to her role both in the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz.

Many onlookers would have recognised her, but they would have known nothing of the scene that was taking place aboard.

As the Massey Shaw cruised in slow circles, two of her passengers, giants of 20th century politics, set the seal on a vast pioneering undertaking that was to transform British society.

One of the two men was Herbert Morrison, deputy prime minister and leader of the House of Commons, a man thought by many to be more powerful in some ways than the Prime Minister, Clement Attlee.

Like his grandson, Peter Mandelson, Morrison was recognised as the master fixer and backroom boss of the Labour Party.

The other man was Aneurin Bevan, minister for health and the man widely recognised as the architect of the health service.

Sixty years on, the NHS is an accepted part of life. It can be hard to grasp the fierceness of the struggle to bring it into being, or the tortuousness of the negotiations involved.

“The contest resembled a game of poker,” Labour leader Michael Foot wrote in his account of the negotiations.

Bevan was pitched against the Conservative Party in opposition, of course, along with the British Medical Association. But he was also on shaky ground when it came to sections of his own party. A delegation of Labour back-benchers had approached Bevan and urged him to modify his scheme.

“The wise way to start such an ambitious undertaking is by stages,” they suggested.

But for Bevan it was all or nothing. He believed a gradualist approach would create nothing but an insipid and useless compromise, rather than the great model of a universally free health service he had pursued for much of his life.

But he needed the full support of the party to deliver it, and his old rival Morrison was the lord of the rank and file parliamentarians.

The framework they bashed out between them during their top secret meeting aboard the Massey Shaw was designed to create a workable political strategy that would gain the full backing of the Labour Party.

It also clinched the details in Bevan’s scheme to nationalise hospitals and turn the majority of doctors and other medical staff into state employees. A lot of business was done on that boat ride.

By the time Bevan and Morrison stepped off the Massey Shaw back in central London, the strategy was in place. Exactly one year later, in July 1948, the National Health Act became law, creating the world’s first national health service in a major country. More than 45,000 doctors and 2,688 hospitals were now controlled by the Department of Health.

“It seems to have happened overnight,” the Daily Herald commented. The speed with which this new design took shape owed a lot to that pact between Morrison and Bevan, hammered out afloat on the estuary.

Please like and share as we celebrate 72 years of the NHS! A HUGE thank you to everyone from the Massey Shaw fireboat, we're proud to have played a small part in the vast history of the NHS England and NHS Improvement #NHSBirthday #OurNHSPeople

A few more photos from the first volunteer work day after lockdown restrictions lifted. We're all so pleased to be back ...
05/07/2020

A few more photos from the first volunteer work day after lockdown restrictions lifted. We're all so pleased to be back on board both from a maintenance point of view, but also for mental health. A lot of our volunteers enjoy being part of the on going restoration of Massey and sharing her stories with the public. Please visit our website to arrange a visit or contact us to volunteer! www.masseyshaw.org

As with many other charities, we are keen to ensure the sustainability of the organisation to allow many generations to ...
01/07/2020
Membership - Adult - Massey Shaw Education Trust

As with many other charities, we are keen to ensure the sustainability of the organisation to allow many generations to enjoy Massey Shaw. If you're able to join as member, we now have a monthly membership option of £3 per month which you can subscribe to via our website. This is a secure way to pay your membership and automatically renews through direct debit with your bank. If you're able to support us, please subscribe here: https://masseyshaw.org/shop/membership-adult/

Support us through a monthly subscription and become a member of the Society to ensure the Massey Shaw remains operational for future generations.

Our volunteers were excited to get on board Massey today and have a tidy up, hoover and polish some of the brass work! W...
27/06/2020

Our volunteers were excited to get on board Massey today and have a tidy up, hoover and polish some of the brass work! We're slowly bringing back volunteers to focus on the engine rebuild and general maintenance to ensure we can safely take visitors when appropriate. For now, we'll try to keep everyone updated as much as possible!
#masseyshaw #volunteer #london #fireboat

SALE: Grab these limited edition collectable stamp covers for only £5! View more in our online store: https://masseyshaw...
02/06/2020

SALE: Grab these limited edition collectable stamp covers for only £5! View more in our online store: https://masseyshaw.org/shop/

Did you know you can support Massey through your Amazon purchases with Amazon Smile! Just select Massey Shaw as your cha...
30/05/2020
LEGO 60215 City Fire Fire Station Garage Building Set with Truck Toy, Water Scooter, Drone and 3 Firefighter Minifigures plus Light and Sound Brick, Fireman Toys for Kids

Did you know you can support Massey through your Amazon purchases with Amazon Smile! Just select Massey Shaw as your charity and shop as normal! Why not start with the Lego City Fire Station set! https://smile.amazon.co.uk/60215-City-Fire-Building-Firefighter/dp/B07FNN17CM/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=lego+fire+station&qid=1590831028&sprefix=lego+fire&sr=8-3

LEGO 60215 City Fire Fire Station Garage Building Set with Truck Toy, Water Scooter, Drone and 3 Firefighter Minifigures plus Light and Sound Brick, Fireman Toys for Kids

27/05/2020

Please note we are not able to accept visitors on board Massey due our limited space on board to adhere to social distancing, even for small groups. Our volunteers will be visiting periodically to maintain the vessel and check Massey over. We hope to open fully when guidance allows and get back to sharing Massey with the public.

📷 Dunkirk photos - Here are some more photos from the 2015 trip including some of our amazing LFB Fire Cadets who took p...
22/05/2020
Massey Shaw Education Trust - London heritage vessel

📷 Dunkirk photos - Here are some more photos from the 2015 trip including some of our amazing LFB Fire Cadets who took part in the event. We're still fundraising where possible doing virtual talks about Massey and our supporters/volunteers are still working on funding bids behind the scenes. If you can help, please get in touch, [email protected] or visit our website www.masseyshaw.org

Owners of London fireboat Massey Shaw, built in 1935 serving the London Fire Brigade during WWII and the Blitz. Volunteer, book a tour or help fundraise!

Unfortunately, we were unable to join the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (official) who would have been travelling ...
21/05/2020

Unfortunately, we were unable to join the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (official) who would have been travelling to Dunkirk over the next few days due to our ongoing engine rebuild. We thought we would share a few photos from previous Dunkirk visits to remind us of the good times!
As always, if you're able to support Massey through a donation, fundraising campaign or as a volunteer, please get in touch as we'll be continuing our work on board and in our archives!
Donate here: https://www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/2723086
#dunkirk #dunkirk2020 #littleships #wwII

Another 2020 calendar being packaged and posted today. As a reminder, buying a calendar support Massey and the Friends o...
14/05/2020

Another 2020 calendar being packaged and posted today. As a reminder, buying a calendar support Massey and the Friends of the Island History Trust. You can grab these via our website here for only £5: https://masseyshaw.org/shop/2020-calendar-foiht/

03/05/2020
FF Memorial Day 2020

Monday 4th May 2020 is Firefighters Memorial Day. The day honours the sacrifice of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty,acknowledging the courage and dedication of generations of firefighters, including those who serve our communities today.

On 4 May at midday, on duty firefighters will stand outside their stations and hold a minute’s silence, while FBU general secretary Matt Wrack and Firefighters Memorial Trust chairman Colin Livett will lay a wreath at the National Firefighters Memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Join in the minute’s silence by tuning into the live stream on the FBU’s page at the link below. You can submit your photos and videos of the day to [email protected] or by tweeting @fbunational.

https://www.facebook.com/FireBrigadesUnion1918/

07/04/2020
Dunkirk 25 Years After (1965)

As we continue with work behind the scenes to keep Massey going, it's great to find some original footage from a previous Dunkirk crossing. Check out Massey at 2:03! Anyone know or recognise the crew?
https://youtu.be/8Zqrcc8R8fc
#DunkirkLittleShips #Dunkirk #MasseyShaw #Video

Item title reads - Dunkirk 25 years after. 55 small ships and boats across the Channel to mark the 25th anniversary of Dunkirk. France. Various shots of the ...

As everything with COVID-19 remains very fluid, we would like to wish all our volunteers and supporters good physical an...
01/04/2020
Fire - Floats and Fireboats - Signed Book by David C. Pike - Massey Shaw Education Trust

As everything with COVID-19 remains very fluid, we would like to wish all our volunteers and supporters good physical and mental health! If you're looking for a good read whilst self isolating at home, please take a look at Fireboats and Firefloats, SIGNED by the author Dave Pike. We have a few copies available in our shop: https://masseyshaw.org/product/fire-floats-and-fireboats-signed-book-by-david-c-pike/
#fireboats #firefloats #book #davidpike #book

After his autobiography Beyond the Flames and his eclectic anthology London's Firefighters, David C. Pike's latest book about the London Fire Brigade, Fire-Floats and Fireboats, takes as its focus the history of firefighting on the river Thames.

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The nearest train station is South Quay on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or you can walk from Canary Wharf (Jubilee line).

General information

The Massey Shaw Education Trust owns, maintains and promotes the vessel and its history with the help of volunteers. The society is reliant on donations and grants to keep the vessel in working order to allow us to publicise the extensive part Massey Shaw played in London's history.

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Massey is an unsung hero of the River Thames and is currently berthed in West India Docks, close to the Docklands Scout Project, Isle of Dogs. E 14. We are now able to provide visits to the vessel by appointment and will be taking part in a number of events during the summer on the Thames and beyond! If you would to stay up to date, or to arrange a visit go to our website- www.masseyshaw.org.

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Seen this on talking pictures,the man who haunted himself,but in the background in 1970 the Massey Shaw fire boat passing
Hi hope this is OK to post i have just finished my rebuild of the Massey Shaw fire boat she went well and pumps water to.
A amazing chapter in a proud history.
Ahoy Friends of the Massey Shaw, I am researching my grandfather's very eventful life. My mother told me that my Grampy: Samuel (Sam) John Burgoyne sailed 3 times to Dunkirk on a Thames Fire Boat. I can find the only reference to such a vessel as being The Massey Shaw. Sam was a Brixham Trawlerman and a reservist who enlisted to the Navy Patrol Service (HMT Europa) at the outbreak of war. I have found reference to Naval Personnel having joined the boat and gone on to rescue the BEF from somewhere in Kent. I have no other information and would greatly appreciate if I could find out more. Particularly, I would really like to know if Sam went to Dunkirk on The Massey Shaw and whether anyone might be able to furnish me with more information. Kind Regards Sqn Ldr Nick Clyburn RAF Retd
when is it the Dunkirk next yr
Are you a registered charity? Do you have a registered charity number?
I've heard from my aunt that you organising a trip to go back to Dunkirk next year. How do I go about booking places Thanks Linda
I visited on a school trip in about 1958. She was anchored outside Fire Brigade headquarters on the South Bank. We even sat inside and had a cup of tea. A memorable day!
Hiya all. Csn you help me please. What's happening about the Dunkirk trip next year?. I sent the "I am interested" email but haven't heard anything back. X
I assume you guys have a copy of this?
I'm not sure if anyone has just watched BBC's Antiques Road show but they are calling out for participants for an up coming special. The special will cover the out break of WW2 , covering Dunkirk etc. " Just a thought. 😀