Massey Shaw And Marine Vessels Preservation Society Limited

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36 Hollyford,
CM11 1EG

07946 403864

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The Massey Shaw Fireboat is one of London's un-sung heroes on the Thames.

Built in 1935, the fireboat served the London Fire Brigade for many years and also took part in the WWII 'Operation Dynamo' to rescue soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk. It ferried 500 men to the warships and bought over 100 men back to England.

The Restoration Project

In 2008 the Society submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund who approved the application to completely restore the Massey Shaw to it's former glory.

In January 2009, the boat was lifted from the water in South Dock Marina (watch video), Southwark where restoration commenced. In 2010, Massey was then moved to Gloucester Dock to complete the final works.

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How can YOU help?

In order to maintain, promote and continue to attend events and expand our education program we need both volunteers and funding. If you're willing to offer your time as a volunteer please email or consider a donation/fundraising via Virgin Money Giving (Remember to Gift Aid!)


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