The Massey Shaw Fireboat – A Brief History – A London Inheritance

Last Tuesday, the 29th December 2015, was the 75th anniversary of one of the heaviest attacks on London during the 2nd World War. I featured this event last year in a post on the 29th December along with one on the St. Paul’s Watch, whose actions contributed to the preservation of the Cathedral when large areas of the rest of the City were destroyed by incendiary bombs.

Along with the St. Paul’s Watch, the Fire Services worked throughout the night of the 29th / 30th December 1940 to prevent the many fires from spreading and to gradually bring them under control. The Fire Services worked at considerable danger from falling bombs, collapsing buildings and the risk of being cut off by rapidly spreading fires.

Through the night of the 29th December 1940 the availability of water was a problem. Bombing destroyed water mains and the many pumps drawing water from the working water mains considerably reduced the water pressure.Hundreds of land based pumps were used and to help with the provision of supplies of water, the London Fire Service’s Fireboats were…

Source: The Massey Shaw Fireboat – A Brief History – A London Inheritance

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One thought on “The Massey Shaw Fireboat – A Brief History – A London Inheritance

  1. This was a valuable restoration indeed. My Mum told me many stories of fire boats on the Thames. She lived close to the river during the war, and would see them still fighting the flames, long after she had emerged from nearby shelters.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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