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]

Massey is now back in London at her new berth in the West India Docks, close to the Docklands Scout Project. 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 like to arrange a visit please contact via our website- www.masseyshaw.org.

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

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.

05/03/2020

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Engine update: Simultaneous working aboard Massey. Our replacement engine head has its valves recut whilst the main shel...
02/03/2020

Engine update: Simultaneous working aboard Massey. Our replacement engine head has its valves recut whilst the main shells are fitted to the crank.
Thanks to Peter & Rodney for their efforts on another windy wet day! As always, any donations towards the engine repair are greatly appreciated!

Great job by volunteer Peter to restore one of our life rings! Thank you!
01/03/2020

Great job by volunteer Peter to restore one of our life rings! Thank you!

Don't just support one charity, support 2! With the Friends of the Island History Trust 2020 calendar! Proceed go toward...
29/02/2020

Don't just support one charity, support 2! With the Friends of the Island History Trust 2020 calendar! Proceed go towards both charities and have some great photos of our the Isle of Dogs where Massey is moored. Please like and share with friends and family!
Buy here: https://masseyshaw.org/product/2020-calendar-foiht/
#isleofdogs #calendar #canarywharf #london #masseyshaw

Engine room update: Over the last few weeks, volunteers continue to works on rebuilding the various elements of the engi...
16/02/2020

Engine room update: Over the last few weeks, volunteers continue to works on rebuilding the various elements of the engine. As with anything, it's never straight forward, as it appears we have an electrolysis problem which is causing exhaust bolts to fail. More head scratching required before our next visit to find a solution.
As always, a BIG thank you to our volunteers and we welcome anyone who would like to help.

DUNKIRK 2020 TRIP: We have posted details of our plans to visit Dunkirk with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (of...
10/02/2020
Trip to Dunkirk - May 2020 - Massey Shaw Education Trust

DUNKIRK 2020 TRIP: We have posted details of our plans to visit Dunkirk with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (official), minus Massey Shaw via coach. Our trip includes coach travel, accommodation and a packed itinerary.
Please share this post with anyone who you think may interested as we need to fill the coach (30 people) to make this trip viable.
https://masseyshaw.org/news/trip-to-dunkirk-may-2020/
#Dunkirk2020 #DunkirkLittleShip

Coach travel and accommodation to Dunkirk, France in May 2020 with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS).

If you're a keen Amazon shopper, you can support Massey simply by shopping! Just sign up through Amazon Smile and select...
30/01/2020

If you're a keen Amazon shopper, you can support Massey simply by shopping!
Just sign up through Amazon Smile and select Massey Shaw, complete your normal shop using Amazon Smile each time and we will get a percentage of your shop donated back to us from Amazon!
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/h.html/ref=smi_ge_rl_rd_gw
Thank you!

20/01/2020
Rodney and Bill scrubbing the decks

Cleaning the decks is vital on Massey to maintain the woodwork and stop any moss growing. Plus, in this wet and cold weather we don't want any ice forming either! Thanks to our volunteers for more hours spent on board, even in this cold weather! If you would like to support regular maintenace... and maybe allow us to buy Bill a larger brush please consider donating here:

Saturdays volunteer session saw the return of the rebuilt air starter and the start of our valve reseating work. More pr...
11/01/2020

Saturdays volunteer session saw the return of the rebuilt air starter and the start of our valve reseating work. More progress in moving forward with the engine rebuild.
Well done volunteers 👍

A year in review - Bill Scott takes a look back at 2019 and recalls some of the highlights from visitors to Massey, volu...
11/01/2020
Looking back at 2019 - Massey Shaw Education Trust

A year in review - Bill Scott takes a look back at 2019 and recalls some of the highlights from visitors to Massey, volunteering events and expanding the history of the boat! If you've visited us this year, please comment your highlights below!
https://masseyshaw.org/news/looking-back-at-2019/
#masseyshaw #fireboat #yearinreview

The Massey Shaw has had an interesting summer, hosting a wide range of groups, from the family members of a Royal Artillery Sergeant who the Massey rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, to two Women’s Institute Groups – who expected to stay about...

2019 has been a pretty difficult year for Massey and her dedicated volunteers with the current engine repair still on go...
31/12/2019

2019 has been a pretty difficult year for Massey and her dedicated volunteers with the current engine repair still on going. We are sad to announce that Massey Shaw will not be attending the the Dunkirk trip with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (official). However, we are organising a coach to allow us to take part in the event and see some other historical sites. Details to be announced in January.
For now, please check back to our page regularly and why not book a visit to Massey in 2020!
https://masseyshaw.org/plan-a-visit/

A very Merry Christmas from all our volunteers on board Massey Shaw. It's been a challenging year, but we have had numer...
24/12/2019

A very Merry Christmas from all our volunteers on board Massey Shaw. It's been a challenging year, but we have had numerous visits, educational trips and hours spent on the engine!
Best wishes from Santa on board.. in 1994!

Great photo of the cadets!
18/12/2019

Great photo of the cadets!

Looking smart; the ceremonial team escorted the LFB and Retired Members Standards during the annual London Fire Brigade Carol Concert held at St Paul's Cathedral.

Work continued today stripping the spare heads ready for cleaning and rebuilding. We thought out of the box and got the ...
11/12/2019

Work continued today stripping the spare heads ready for cleaning and rebuilding. We thought out of the box and got the valves removed in good time. Well done !!
The engine heads are returned and so work commenced on preparing them for refitting plus the air starter was removed from the other engine for an overhaul.
Thanks once again to our volunteers for all their hard work!
If you're able to donate towards the tools, products and people hours please support us!

Today is #GivingTuesday and #PayPal are matching all donations via our PayPal Giving Fund page, so please give generousl...
03/12/2019

Today is #GivingTuesday and #PayPal are matching all donations via our PayPal Giving Fund page, so please give generously! All funds donated are currently going to the engine restoration and archiving resources.
https://www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/2723086
#donate #heritage #history #london #fireboat

23/11/2019

Thanks to the Marine Unit Fire Cadets for cleaning the decks today after learning about all things Massey Shaw from our Hon Archivist Bill H.
Looking forward to many more sessions over the coming months. 👍

20/11/2019
LFB Fire Cadets

On International Mens Day 2019 Victor explains why he volunteers for London Fire Brigade as a Fire Cadets Instructor.

After starting as as a Fire Cadet himself with LFB Fire Cadets, he thinks it’s important to give young people a safe space to come to each week.

Find out more & to register to attend our volunteer recruitment event >

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-fire-brigade-fire-cadets-volunteer-cadet-instructor-recruitment-day-tickets-81698880551

On International Mens Day 2019 Victor explains why he volunteers for London Fire Brigade as a Fire Cadets Instructor.

After starting as as a Fire Cadet himself with LFB Fire Cadets, he thinks it’s important to give young people a safe space to come to each week.

Find out more & to register to attend our volunteer recruitment event >

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-fire-brigade-fire-cadets-volunteer-cadet-instructor-recruitment-day-tickets-81698880551

The heads from our engine have arrived at Gardner Marne in Canterbury today ready for pressure testing and inspection. T...
19/11/2019

The heads from our engine have arrived at Gardner Marne in Canterbury today ready for pressure testing and inspection. Thanks to Rodney for his help in moving the heads. Hopefully in a couple of weeks time we should get a full set of heads back ready to move the rebuild our engine.

Thank you to Rodney & Bill for their help today with our visitors from the RNLI and two guys from an engineering company...
13/11/2019

Thank you to Rodney & Bill for their help today with our visitors from the RNLI and two guys from an engineering company who were volunteering on Portwey.

This week we wanted to share a great article from Model Boats magazine all the way back in its March edition! Thanks to ...
04/11/2019

This week we wanted to share a great article from Model Boats magazine all the way back in its March edition! Thanks to Fraser Gray for the article and photos! If you would like to feature Massey in a publication please get in touch! #modelboats #magazine #masseyshaw #fireboat #history

Sponsorship opportunity: Get your name on Massey's iconic engine! As you know we still have one of our main engines in v...
30/10/2019
Get your name on Massey's engine! - Massey Shaw Education Trust

Sponsorship opportunity: Get your name on Massey's iconic engine! As you know we still have one of our main engines in various bits and without it we’re going nowhere!

Now that we have an understanding of what work needs to be done, we’re seeking sponsors for 6 ‘big end bearings’ for the engine pistons. We already have 4 confirmed donors so there is space for 2 more!
Please read the news item or get in touch to find out more information!
https://masseyshaw.org/news/get-your-name-on-masseys-engine/
You could also simply donate securely online via PayPal Giving!

Sponsor the repair of a 'big end bearing' in our engine and get your name on it in return! Immortalise your name or business on Massey Shaw.

A great session archiving more items we have been given and collected over the years! We hope to make these items availa...
28/10/2019

A great session archiving more items we have been given and collected over the years! We hope to make these items available to people to view and enjoy in the future. If you enjoy organising or have archiving experience please get in touch to find out how you can help!

Massey Shaw, Portwey and Lord Amory tucked up for the night. Taken from the visiting ARA Libertad sailing ship. 27-Oct-2...
27/10/2019

Massey Shaw, Portwey and Lord Amory tucked up for the night. Taken from the visiting ARA Libertad sailing ship. 27-Oct-2019.

Thank you to David Rogers, Peter Brown and Rodney Morgan for helping move our remaining engine spares to their new home ...
25/10/2019

Thank you to David Rogers, Peter Brown and Rodney Morgan for helping move our remaining engine spares to their new home in the pouring rain. Thanks also to John F for storing them for the past X many years in his garage! We now have the painstaking job of sorting them into good/bad and cleaning them up for future use. These are probably the last remaining spares of their kind!

These unique prints might be of interest! The Worshipful Company of Firefighters are great supporters of Massey Shaw and...
21/10/2019

These unique prints might be of interest! The Worshipful Company of Firefighters are great supporters of Massey Shaw and our educational projects! Please like and share!

An opportunity to own a piece of history! The Worshipful Company of Firefighters offers a high quality reproduction of a contemporary illustration that indicated the impact and extent of the Great Fire of London in 1666.

As part of the contributions by the Worshipful Company of Firefighters to the commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London the Company commissioned a limited edition print showing two views of the City of London, before and after the Great Fire.

The views were drawn by the Czech artist Wenceslaus Hollar (1607 – 1677) and the original is held by the British Museum.
The view of the City before the Great Fire, stretching from the Tower of London in the east to Temple in the west, was taken from a larger panorama of London and Westminster that the artist had created in the early 1640s.

The viewpoint appears to be from the steeple of St Mary Overie, now the site of Southwark Cathedral, although preliminary sketches by the artist show that more than one standpoint was used.

After the Great Fire Hollar created the second view; he was well-placed to do this as he was involved officially in mapping the damage that had been caused by the fire.

The print is A3 in size, limited to an edition of 350. Each is signed by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters.

These prints are £19.50, including delivery by post in the UK.

Please contact David Holt, Liveryman of the WCoFF, at [email protected] to purchase these prints.

Please feel to share to colleagues and contacts.

Thanks again to our volunteers for hosting a stall at the Surbiton Fire Station Open Day! It was great to share the hist...
30/09/2019

Thanks again to our volunteers for hosting a stall at the Surbiton Fire Station Open Day! It was great to share the history of Massey Shaw and raise some much needed funds for the engine repairs! If you could host a stall at a local event to raise funds, please get in touch! [email protected]
#openday #surbiton #firestation #lfb #fundraising

The knots and lines master class continued this month after a great session with the Fire Cadets. Thanks to Tiny and our...
28/09/2019

The knots and lines master class continued this month after a great session with the Fire Cadets. Thanks to Tiny and our volunteers for their efforts. More issues resolved with our battery charging problems so a productive day.
#masseyshaw #volunteer #london #history #fireboat

25/09/2019

A session of Heads and Tails recently as we investigated the various cylinder heads we have in our spares. We all learnt more facts about how the heads are constructed. 👍
Fancy getting involved? We normally have volunteers on board Wednesdays and Saturdays. Just email [email protected] if you would like to come along.

Do you enjoy fundraising and coming up with ideas to help raise money for great causes!? As we look ahead to Dunkirk 202...
24/09/2019
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Do you enjoy fundraising and coming up with ideas to help raise money for great causes!? As we look ahead to Dunkirk 2020 we're looking for someone to join our board to help drive donations and sponsorship.
If you would like more information or know someone who might be perfect for the role please email [email protected]

Here is volunteer Rodney Morgan sporting our branded merchandise; hoody, cap and t-shirt!The polo shirt and cap are avai...
11/09/2019

Here is volunteer Rodney Morgan sporting our branded merchandise; hoody, cap and t-shirt!
The polo shirt and cap are available to order via our website here:https://masseyshaw.org/product/t-shirt/
#shop #fundraise #merchandise #volunteer

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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).

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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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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. 😀
Anyone know where the Massey Shaw is located at the moment thank you for your help
Not sure if this affects WID:
Good interview with Richard in this Thames film.
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