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The new London Fire float "Massey Shaw" during hose drill at Charing Cross
24 April 1935.

The Massey Shaw was built in 1935 by the J. Samuel White company at Cowes, Isle of White. The vessel was named after Eyre Massey Shaw, a former London Fire Brigade chief. During WWII along with a volunteer crew of firemen, she formed part of the flotilla of small vessels which went to Dunkirk to help evacuate British troops from the beaches. They made three trips and rescued over 500 troops. She remained in service as a Thames fireboat until 1971 and is now reported to be undergoing restoration by enthusiasts.


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