Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include Edward VII, who maintained a kit at a London fire station.

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

March 31, 2013


Historic London fireboat the Massey Shaw was built in 1935 by J Samuel Whites of Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Designed to be able to go under all the bridges of the Thames and her tributaries at any state of the tide she was named after the first Superintendent of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Captain Eyre Massey Shaw.
After a five year restoration project, the Massey Shaw and Marine Vessels Preservation Society plan to undertake the longest solo journey of the vessels career as Massey leaves Gloucester Dock to navigate the south coast of the UK back to the River Thames.
The journey will be a unique and historic passage (over 550 miles!) for London's Fireboat and her new crew, both of whom will be more used to the relative comfort of calmer waters.