The London Boat Show 4th - 12th January 2014.

The Massey Shaw was invited into the London Boat Show by the British Marine Federation to celebrate its recent restoration and showcase the Society's WWII Drama.

The Fire boat arrived back in London on the 14th December 2013 and so time was very limited to prepare the vessel for the large number of people awaiting its attendance at the Show.

Massey Shaw docked at The Excel Centre, on Friday 3rd January 2014 after a short trip from West India Dock through the Thames Barrier. The trip had been eventful as the Barrier was due to close due to increased water flow and Massey was one of the last vessels to make it through.

On Saturday 4th January 2014 the Show opened and Massey was visited by many hundreds of people, who were fascinated by her story and the tremendous restoration that had been undertaken over the past four years. A continual stream of people visited the boat each day, particularly in the early afternoon, when Massey would put on a water display to demonstrate what her famous Merryweather Fire Pumps could deliver.

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Along side the vessel performances, our WWII drama was presented each day in the main hall for two sessions and was very well received by children and adults. In the middle of the week we showcased our new Dunkirk Drama which tells the story of Massey Shaw and her crews involvement in Operation Dynamo. Once again we have another great dramatic piece to offer to schools later in the summer, and we look forward to performing this script to a wide range of audiences around the country.

The show concluded on the 12th January 2014 by which time nearly 1,000 people had visited the boat and drama and we had built a large circle of friends. Our volunteers were fantastic and we hope to well their ranks once we are back in action during the summer. Massey has now returned to West India Dock and will be undertaking training sessions for the new crew in preparation for many more adventures in 2014.

If you would like to visit the vessel please contact me .

Kind regards,

David Rogers

Hon. Company Secretary & Director
Massey Shaw & Marine Vessels Preservation Society
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Below are a couple of photoes taken at the Boat Show 2014


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