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

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

Merry Christmas to our fire fighting family, friends and supporters! We look forward to welcoming visitors back on board...
25/12/2020

Merry Christmas to our fire fighting family, friends and supporters! We look forward to welcoming visitors back on board in due course and of course, get our engines back up and running!

We have released a short Christmas message from our CEO, David Rogers. Take a look on our website here: https://masseysh...
24/12/2020

We have released a short Christmas message from our CEO, David Rogers. Take a look on our website here: https://masseyshaw.org/christmas-message-david-rogers-ceo/
Merry Christmas to all our supporters and most importsntly our volunteers!
#masseyshawfireboat #christmas #volunteer

Massey looking stunning as ever outside the House of Parliament! We can't wait to get back out on the River again, once ...
16/12/2020

Massey looking stunning as ever outside the House of Parliament! We can't wait to get back out on the River again, once our engines are fully repaired! Shout out to our amazing volunteers who you might be able to pick out:
Richard B
Bill E
Rodney M
Peter C
Tony R
Bill H
Colin P - in the engine room! Spot him through a porthole!?

Check out this great photo by Frontispiece Ltd posted to InYourArea.co.uk recently. We're very lucky to have a safe and ...
10/12/2020
Here's the London Fire Brigade... - General Question

Check out this great photo by Frontispiece Ltd posted to InYourArea.co.uk recently. We're very lucky to have a safe and secure mooring for Massey in the heart of Canary Wharf.
If you have any photos of Massey from events or visits, please share them with us by tagging or email [email protected]
#masseyshaw #fireboat #photography #canarywharf #london

Here's the London Fire Brigade’s Massey Shaw moored in the South Dock of the West India Docks aka as South Quay, photographed yesterday by Scottish photographer, and Limehouse resident, Ian Dunnigan. The London Fire Brigade has been the statutory fi...

A big thank you to all those supporters who subscribed as members via our website. It really helps us manage our members...
10/12/2020
Membership - Adult - Massey Shaw Education Trust

A big thank you to all those supporters who subscribed as members via our website. It really helps us manage our membership and provides vital funds for the on going projects underway, namely the engine rebuild! If you can support us, its £3 per month or £12 per year for over 65s and children under 16!
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.

The Google Doodle today displays London Firefighter Frank Bailey, a Guyanese-British firefighter and social worker who i...
26/11/2020

The Google Doodle today displays London Firefighter Frank Bailey, a Guyanese-British firefighter and social worker who is known as being one of the first black firefighters in the United Kingdom.

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

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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
I assume you guys have a copy of this?