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://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://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]

Operating as usual

15/08/2021

Massey Shaw Family Day at the Docks pumping display

15/08/2021

Massey Shaw pumping water

15/08/2021

📅 Massey Shaw is open again today between 11am and 4pm for our Family Day at the Docks! We had a great time yesterday and look forward to more exploring and learning with the London Fire Brigade and Museum!
https://masseyshaw.org/news/family-day-our-first-open-day-2021/
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12/08/2021

Join our volunteers this weekend at the Docks and experience life in WWII as a firefighter. Activities for all ages and we'll be conducting tours exploring our rich heritage saving troops from the beaches of Dunkirk and fighting fires on the River Thames!
http://ow.ly/UuLR50FMujx

Join our volunteers this weekend at the Docks and experience life in WWII as a firefighter. Activities for all ages and ...
10/08/2021
Family Day at the Docks - Our first open day in 2021! - Massey Shaw Education Trust

Join our volunteers this weekend at the Docks and experience life in WWII as a firefighter. Activities for all ages and we'll be conducting tours exploring our rich heritage saving troops from the beaches of Dunkirk and fighting fires on the River Thames!
http://ow.ly/UuLR50FMujx

We’re excited to share our first open day to the public in collaboration with the London Fire Brigade Museum! We’re opening the docks to families and visitors to explore firefighting history and get hands on with Second World War artefacts and firefighting kit. Meet firefighters...

The countdown has begun! Only 7 days until our first Open Day in 2021! Discover the challenges men and women in World Wa...
07/08/2021
Family Day at the Docks - Our first open day in 2021! - Massey Shaw Education Trust

The countdown has begun! Only 7 days until our first Open Day in 2021! Discover the challenges men and women in World War II faced fighting fires! Fun for all the family and Massey Shaw will be open too! https://masseyshaw.org/news/family-day-our-first-open-day-2021/
Sat 14 / Sun 15 August, 11am - 4pm
#event #london

We’re excited to share our first open day to the public in collaboration with the London Fire Brigade Museum! We’re opening the docks to families and visitors to explore firefighting history and get hands on with Second World War artefacts and firefighting kit. Meet firefighters...

05/08/2021

EVENT: Come and explore Massey Shaw, meet local firefighters and discover artefacts and try on original firefighting kit from the Second World War! Activities for all the family and lots to see and do! Find out more here: https://fb.me/e/2mW4G6AwX
#masseyshaw #openday #event

Volunteers Bill, Peter, Rodney and David hard at work in this weeks heat wave, but enjoying the great outdoors and the c...
22/07/2021

Volunteers Bill, Peter, Rodney and David hard at work in this weeks heat wave, but enjoying the great outdoors and the calm surroundings of West India Dock. If you're handy with a brush or would like to learn a new skill, get in touch to find out more! www.masseyshaw.org

We're now the proud owners of an original Schermuly Rocket Gun set! A similar set would have been on Massey originally t...
21/07/2021

We're now the proud owners of an original Schermuly Rocket Gun set! A similar set would have been on Massey originally to allow crews to fire a line ashore attached to hose when out in the river. Amazing work by our archiving team to secure this!
#masseyshaw #fireboat #archive

07/07/2021
Massey Shaw engine running - first time since 2018

Engine update! It was back in July 2018 that our volunteers begun the task of taking apart the engine block after it seized and today we are proud to share some video of the engine running again! We are not out of the woods yet however! There is still a lot of work to do and parts to be sourced to get Massey fully operational.
As Covid guidelines are lifted in the coming weeks, we ask for your continued support as we seek to get operational again and hopefully we'll see you on board again soon!
Please like and share or consider a donation to the engine repairs here: https://masseyshaw.org/donate/
#masseyshaw #Fireboat #londonfireboat #charity

Engine update: Progress has been made! Colin and Mark started the Port engine successfully last weekend! After pinching ...
06/07/2021

Engine update: Progress has been made! Colin and Mark started the Port engine successfully last weekend!
After pinching parts from the starboard air motor and changing the hand of the disc inside by changing over some long studs. They then had to play with the Russel Newbury which had a sticky solenoid.
The engine ran for about 5 mins and then they discovered a water leak on the cooling system, but the end result was the port engine started and ran!
Image: Engine strip down back in 2018! We've come a long way, but it's not been easy!

Engine update: Progress has been made! Colin and Mark started the Port engine successfully last weekend!
After pinching parts from the starboard air motor and changing the hand of the disc inside by changing over some long studs. They then had to play with the Russel Newbury which had a sticky solenoid.
The engine ran for about 5 mins and then they discovered a water leak on the cooling system, but the end result was the port engine started and ran!
Image: Engine strip down back in 2018! We've come a long way, but it's not been easy!

A James Bond themed event today in the Dock as 'Dr No' left to continue her journey North to Leith.Wishing her and her c...
26/05/2021

A James Bond themed event today in the Dock as 'Dr No' left to continue her journey North to Leith.
Wishing her and her crew a safe journey!
#jamesbond #drno #masseyshaw

A James Bond themed event today in the Dock as 'Dr No' left to continue her journey North to Leith.
Wishing her and her crew a safe journey!
#jamesbond #drno #masseyshaw

On the back of last night's board meeting, we are excited to start working on plans for an official re opening of Massey...
20/05/2021
Donate - Massey Shaw Education Trust

On the back of last night's board meeting, we are excited to start working on plans for an official re opening of Massey Shaw. But in order to get there we need to address our biggest annual cost of them all, insurance! As you can imagine due to the age and public liability requirements for a vessel like ours the bill isn't small. If you're able to subscribe as a member for £3 per month or offer a one off donation via our website please consider it!
Https://masseyshaw.org/donate

Donations are the life blood of our charity as we receive no annual funding and rely on the kindness of the public at events or through membership.

❗❗A new London Fire Brigade Museum – building the best.❗❗Help to bring London Fire Brigade’s amazing museum collection t...
19/05/2021
Help us build London Fire Brigade Museum

❗❗A new London Fire Brigade Museum – building the best.❗❗
Help to bring London Fire Brigade’s amazing museum collection to life and protect it for future generations.

The state-of-the-art museum will:

Explore the history of the Brigade, from the Great Fire of London to present day
Provide a glimpse into the working Fire Station right next door
Celebrate the inspirational people who have kept London safe
Commemorate the firefighters who lost their lives in service, including during the First and Second World Wars
Educate and inspire the next generation of firefighters and Fire Brigade fans, young and old alike

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Help us raise the final 20% of our target to build a world-class London Fire Brigade Museum in central London.

Can you guess what it is yet!? Another item from on board Massey we are restoring and cleaning up. But can you guess wha...
14/05/2021

Can you guess what it is yet!? Another item from on board Massey we are restoring and cleaning up. But can you guess what it is, where its from on board and what it does?
LFB Fire Cadets might be fun for your cadets to have a guess!?

Can you guess what it is yet!? Another item from on board Massey we are restoring and cleaning up. But can you guess what it is, where its from on board and what it does?
LFB Fire Cadets might be fun for your cadets to have a guess!?

Further progress on the new walk way access on board the boat. More custom work undertaken by our volunteers so we're re...
14/05/2021

Further progress on the new walk way access on board the boat. More custom work undertaken by our volunteers so we're ready for visitors! Thanks again to Rodney, David, Bill H.

Our volunteers are excited to be back on board Massey Shaw fireboat undertaking essential maintenance ready for the day ...
25/04/2021

Our volunteers are excited to be back on board Massey Shaw fireboat undertaking essential maintenance ready for the day we can welcome visitors back on board! The team were busy building a new gangplank/walkway to allow easier access on board. If you can support our work please consider a donation via our website or get in touch to volunteer! https://masseyshaw.org/donate/

What's everyone's thoughts on an un manned remote controlled fireboat!? I wonder if Sir Eyre Massey Shaw ever thought th...
02/04/2021

What's everyone's thoughts on an un manned remote controlled fireboat!? I wonder if Sir Eyre Massey Shaw ever thought that day would come!

Singapore-based unmanned surface vessel developer Zycraft USV PL has now completed Phase 2 engineering development of an 8 meter long unmanned #fireboat. https://bit.ly/39pPkoW

If you're not a subscribed member, check out our latest video in our Crew Space Stories series. This week we look at the...
21/03/2021
The bow, forepeak and wheelhouse. Crew Space Stories - Episode 4 - Massey Shaw Education Trust

If you're not a subscribed member, check out our latest video in our Crew Space Stories series. This week we look at the bow, forepeak and wheelhouse.
Please like, share and donate!
https://masseyshaw.org/news/the-bow-forepeak-and-wheelhouse-crew-space-stories-episode-4/
#masseyshaw #crewspacestories #video

16 Mar The bow, forepeak and wheelhouse. Crew Space Stories – Episode 4 Posted at 19:57h in News by Massey Shaw Share Episode 4 of our Crew Space Stories has David Rogers explore the bow, forepeak and wheelhouse. The bow houses the capstan which operates the anchor and was used for mooring alongsi...

Our latest Crew Space Story video is now live on our website and Youtube looking at the specification of Massey and its ...
08/03/2021

Our latest Crew Space Story video is now live on our website and Youtube looking at the specification of Massey and its unique design! Please like and share! https://masseyshaw.org/massey-shaw-specifications-crew-space-stories-episode-3/
#masseyshaw #fireboat #history #lfb

Our latest Crew Space Story video is now live on our website and Youtube looking at the specification of Massey and its unique design! Please like and share! https://masseyshaw.org/massey-shaw-specifications-crew-space-stories-episode-3/
#masseyshaw #fireboat #history #lfb

Episode II in our Crew Space Stories series looks at how our ship's bell is used on board and for a very unique activity...
23/02/2021
The Ship's Bell and Baptisms? - Crew Space Stories episode 2 - Massey Shaw Education Trust

Episode II in our Crew Space Stories series looks at how our ship's bell is used on board and for a very unique activity you wouldn't initially think of! Watch to find out more!
https://masseyshaw.org/ships-bell-baptisms-crew-space-stories-ep2/
#masseyshaw #fireboat #education #history #baptism

Watch the latest crew space stories episode on our ship's bell and its unique use within baptisms on board Massey Shaw fireboat.

Our membership subscription can now be paid through a standing order from your bank! We've previously had to rely on Pay...
22/02/2021

Our membership subscription can now be paid through a standing order from your bank! We've previously had to rely on PayPal to take payments, but you can now select 'Bank Transfer' at checkout. This option is beneficial as we don't get charged to take the payment, so if you're able to support us please visit our store and subscribe as a member today!
https://masseyshaw.org/shop/

Our membership subscription can now be paid through a standing order from your bank! We've previously had to rely on PayPal to take payments, but you can now select 'Bank Transfer' at checkout. This option is beneficial as we don't get charged to take the payment, so if you're able to support us please visit our store and subscribe as a member today!
https://masseyshaw.org/shop/

If your postman or delivery driver is now your best friend with all the parcels you've been receiving from Amazon, pleas...
16/02/2021

If your postman or delivery driver is now your best friend with all the parcels you've been receiving from Amazon, please start using Amazon Smile and selecting Massey Shaw as your chosen charity. Using the service means we get a small donation from every purchase you make through Amazon and it doesn't cost you anything extra! All you need to do is shop via the Amazon smile website!
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/charity/homepage.html

If your postman or delivery driver is now your best friend with all the parcels you've been receiving from Amazon, please start using Amazon Smile and selecting Massey Shaw as your chosen charity. Using the service means we get a small donation from every purchase you make through Amazon and it doesn't cost you anything extra! All you need to do is shop via the Amazon smile website!
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/charity/homepage.html

Watch the first video in our 'Crew Space Stories' series which we've launched this week. David Rogers details the histor...
06/02/2021
Crew Space Stories launched on board Massey Shaw fireboat - Massey Shaw Education Trust

Watch the first video in our 'Crew Space Stories' series which we've launched this week. David Rogers details the history behind our Dunkirk plaques and the brave crew who saved hundreds from the beaches in WWII.
https://masseyshaw.org/crew-space-stories-launched/
Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (official)
#masseyshaw #fireboat #dunkirk #dunkirk1940 #dunkirklittleships #adls

Watch our first video detailing the history behind our Dunkirk plaques and the brave crew who saved troops from the beaches in WWII.

Discover the life and times of our namesake Sir Eyre Massey Shaw in an online presentation delivered to the Worshipful C...
05/02/2021
Online presentation: The life and times of Sir Eyre Massey Shaw - Massey Shaw Education Trust

Discover the life and times of our namesake Sir Eyre Massey Shaw in an online presentation delivered to the Worshipful Company of Firefighters back in July! If you enjoyed the presentation please consider a donation to keep us operational!
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https://masseyshaw.org/presentation-life-and-times-of-sir-eyre-massey-shaw/
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London Fire Brigade History London Fire Brigade LFB Fire Cadets Friends of the London Fire Brigade Museum
#masseyshaw #historylesson #Education #Fireboat #lfb

Online presentation about the life and times of Sir Eyre Massey Shaw provided to the Worshipful Company of Firefighters during UK Lockdown.

14/01/2021
Radio Kent - Listen Live - BBC Sounds

Repost: COMMEMORATIVE RETURN TO DUNKIRK IN 2021 - CANCELLATION

The 2020 Return was postponed with the hope that the fleet would cross instead in May 2021. The Association have been carrying out preliminary planning for the event and taking soundings from all of our friends involved in such a complex exercise.

Sadly, the ADLS have had to cancel the visit. The principal reason for this has been the effect of Covid on the plans of the authorities in Dunkirk. Bearing in mind the advice they have received they requested that the ADLS cancel the visit.
We will be welcome to return to Dunkirk in 2025 and we are determined to make this an even more memorable event in remembering the valour of the armed forces who had it far worse than us in 1940.

Simon Palmer
Commodore.

If you would like to hear more from our Commodore on the cancellation of the return, please follow the below link to an interview on BBC Radio Kent covering the cancellation announcement.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_kent

Catch up on your favourite BBC radio show from your favourite DJ right here, whenever you like. Listen without limits with BBC Sounds.

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy new year from all of us at Massey Shaw. Your continued support is truly valued...
31/12/2020

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy new year from all of us at Massey Shaw. Your continued support is truly valued and we cannot wait to have people back on board and maybe even return to the River Thames in 2021! www.masseyshaw.org

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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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From DSP
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