One of the key objectives of the MS Education Trust is to help people learn about their heritage through the Massey Shaw story. One of the key objectives of the MS Education Trust is to help people learn about their heritage through the Massey Shaw story. We believe that the vessel offers a unique combination of learning areas which include-
- Fighting fires on the River by Massey Shaw.
- Operation Dynamo- rescuing hundreds of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII.
- NHS story- Labour politicians Herbert Morrison and Aneurin Bevan met secretly on board to discuss the final draft of the National Health Service in 1948.
- Massey’s crew
- Pumps and water pressure
- Engines and movement
- Effects on water on metals
- The London Fire Brigade then and now.
- Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw- Victorian Fire Chief in London
- Fire Safety and the Fire Triangle
- Communications- Flag signalling- Radios
- River Code on the Thames
- Skills required to operate the boat on the river/canals.
- Health and safety on water.
Visits to the boat
Massey Shaw has a limited capacity and therefore groups of no more than 20 can currently be accommodated. The boat and its history lend itself to Year 6 and Secondary pupils as it covers WWII, engineering, and science. Tours of the vessel are facilitated by volunteers from the Trust and they are able to provide an insight into the history of the vessel and explain how the mechanical equipment is operated. The vessel has been fully restored in recent years thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is now fully operational. The vessel was built in the 1930’s as a working fireboat, and therefore it has trip hazards and other minor issues that are not compliant with modern Health and Safety standards. It is recommended that a pre-visit risk assessment is made to the vessel to ensure that your visit will progress safely.