Accessibility on board

Risks and hazards

Massey Shaw was built as a Fireboat in 1935 and she retains the majority of her unique features which can be hazardous. Hazards, such as slipping, tripping or falling on stairs are inherent in all environments on the vessel.

Particular hazards will be highlighted by the tour guides and visitors are expected to look after their own safety whilst on board.

Before you step on board

Decks can be slippery when wet. Sensible footwear and outdoor clothing should be worn during the visit. A life jacket can be supplied, but is not compulsory when moored up.

Visitors must comply with notices prohibiting access to certain areas dependant on the tour being undertaken.

There is limited space in certain areas of the vessel so visitors are requested to listen to the instructions of the guide, before entering certain compartments.


Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access on the vessel. However, we do have video tours of certain areas, but we ask that you make us aware of any disabilities present in your tour group at least 1 week in advance so we can try to accommodate you.

Contact Us

Please get in touch if you have further questions on accessibility.