Fire float, 1884.
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Model (scale 1:48). Floating fire engines have been used for the protection of the docks and waterside property on the River Thames since the late 18th century, and their use has gradually spread to other major river mouths. This model represents the 'Fire Queen', which was supplied by Shand, Mason & Co to the Bristol Corporation in 1884. The vesel was 53ft long and was in service in the Bristol Docks on the River Severn until 1922.