MVS helps puts Massey Shaw Fireboat on Show


Members of the MVS were part of the volunteer crew that brought the historic fireboat Massey Shaw from its home berth to London Excel to be among the Historic and Classic vessels on display at the recent London Boat Show 2016.

The boat, which is one of the Dunkirk Little Ships had a long and distinguished service on the Thames with the London Fire Brigade, serving from 1935 to 1971 when it was de-commissioned.
During that time it had made three trips to Dunkirk as part of Operation Dynamo in 1940.

In 1946 it was the choice of location for a secret meeting between Aneurin Bevan and Herbert Morrison to discuss plans for the proposed new National Health Service.

After the boat was de-commissioned it become almost derelict and was eventually saved by a group of mainly ex LFB members who after many battles managed to get funding to have the boat renovated and restored to the excellent condition it is today.