Massey Shaw London - Stern

About us

The Massey Shaw and Marine Vessels Preservation Society (the Society) is a charitable trust operating under the authority of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales and trades as the 'Massey Shaw Education Trust'.

Mission statement

The purpose of the society is simple:

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


Mr Philip Wray, Dick Helyer, and several other concerned individuals find the Massey Shaw abandoned in St Katharines Dock. They begin to lobby the Fire Authority to save this historic vessel and set up the Society in the 1980's.

Discover more about the history of the Trust by viewing our timeline.

History timeline


The Society is an independent organisation which receives no core or state funding. Its work is financed by grants and through income generated by membership subscriptions, donations, sale of merchandise and public displays.

If you would like to donate towards our on going work please visit the donate page.


Get involved

The Society cannot survive without members of the public offering time, resources and finances to ensure we can be sustainable and continue our education projects and maintenance of the vessel.

If you would like to know more about volunteering, how to donate or joining the Board of Directors please click the button below.

Get involved

Board of Directors

The Society is managed by an elected Board of Directors who oversee the running of the Society. All directors are volunteers who come from a wide range of professional backgrounds (eg. Fire Officers, Civil Engineers, Boat Builders and Surveyors) who give their time and efforts free to promote the aims of the Society.

Board of Directors