• Explore, discover and experience London's un-sung hero of the Thames!

    Massey Shaw was built in 1935 as a dedicated vessel for the River Thames and can pump 3,000 gallons (Over 13,600 litres!) of water per minute through its main monitor. That would fill up your average bath in less than 1 second!

    History of Massey Shaw

  • Volunteer in one of our many roles throughout the organisation

    If you're handy with a paint brush, enjoy engineering challenges, tour guiding or education we have a role to suit you!

    Volunteering

  • Come and explore this unique vessel at an open day or event

    View our events calendar or get in touch to book a private tour on board. Make sure you get a "Man the monitor" photo too!

    Events calendar

The Massey Shaw Fireboat

Massey Shaw is a unique London vessel launched in 1935, serving the London Fire Brigade until her decomissioning in 1971.

Named after Sir Eyre Massey Shaw, first chief fire office of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, she served during WWII in 'Operation Dynamo' and during 'The Blitz' being credited with saving hundreds of lives and bringing troops back from the beaches of Dunkirk.

The Massey Shaw Educational Trust is now her proud owner and our volunteers work tirelessly to maintain her and share the stories and importance of this vessel on the River Thames.

Find out more about our story, education project, getting involved and latest news/events via the links below.