The historic fireboat Massey Shaw - which played an important part during the Blitz and at Dunkirk - has returned to London after a £1 million restoration.

And the vessel will star at the London Boat Show next month.

The fireboat was transported by road from Avonmouth following work carried out at a Gloucester shipyard. She was relaunched in the West Country prior to sea trials and inspections.

On Friday (Dec 13th) Massey Shaw was launched at Wood Wharf in the Canary Wharf complex on the Isle of Dogs.

She was then towed to the nearby Docklands Scout Project in West India Dock where she will be moored before the boat show.

The launch marks a memorable day for the Massey Shaw Preservation Society which has spent several years fund-raising and working on the vessel. The final restoration was possible with extra funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Built in 1935, the fireboat served the London Fire Brigade for many years. At Dunkirk she ferried 500 men from the beaches to warships and brought over 100 men back to England.

See our earlier story HERE and the Massey Shaw Preservation Society website HERE and the charity's twitter feed HERE and Facebook page HERE

Story dated Dec 13th 2013