Fire Float "Takes A Ride"! 1932

Star Item
  • Add to Favourites
  • View as stills
  • Description

    Full title reads: "London. Fire Float 'takes a ride'! New Fire Launch - capable of pumping 1,000 gallons a minute - conveyed by road to North of England."


    A boat travels slowly towards the side of the river. It is a very simple craft - no cabin, just a wheel and a pump visible on the top deck.

    The fire launch is tied up a the dock. The name plaque - 'Merryweather. London' - can be read on its stern. The boat is attached to a crane and is lifted out of the water. It turns as it is lifted.

    The boat is lowered onto the trailer of a large lorry.

    The lorry (from M.R.S. Ltd.) drives out between two buildings carrying the boat on its trailer.

    A man is standing on the rear of the trailer turning a wheel to assist in the steering.

    (Natural sound track only - No commentary)

  • Tags

  • Data

    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Media URN:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:26:00 / 01:12:49:00
    Sort Number:
  • Appears in...

    Travel & Exploration Science & Technology
  • Stills

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.

All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment

To post a comment, please Register or to add a comment
24 January 2015 marks 50 years since the death of British Prime Minister and international statesman, Sir Winston Churchill. British Pathé’s cameras followed Churchill throughout his career.
If you are a media professional and have seen some footage or stills you wish to include in your production, please contact us.
2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One. To honour this landmark occasion, British Pathé have launched this definitive collection of WW1 films.

Related Videos

London's Latest Fire Float Aka 4,000 Gallons A Minute

London's Latest Fire Float Aka 4,000 Gallons A Minute

London's latest fire float in operation on the Thames, London.

A Battle Of The Elements

A Battle Of The Elements

Dramatic pictures as fire floats tackle blaze on schooner in San Francisco.

New Fire Float - New York

New Fire Float - New York

The world's largest fire float with nine hoses is tested in New York harbour. America (USA).

New Fire Float Tested On Thames

New Fire Float Tested On Thames

Firemen test new test new equipment on the River Thames, London.

Fire Float On Test

Fire Float On Test

New B.P. Firemaster fire float is tested out in South Wales.

New Fire Float

New Fire Float

Bristol fire brigade demonstrate their new fire-float, the Aquanaut, at Avonmouth.

Testing Fire Float

Testing Fire Float

Fire fighting boat is tested on River Thames at Greenwich, London.

On 14th April 1912, four days into her maiden voyage, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. These 15 images have been selected from Pathe's Titanic collection.
Verbal warfare at its best. Here are some of history's greatest retorts and snarling insults. These people certainly didn't mince their words!
The Duke of Edinburgh has many talents, but it is his unique way with words that often receives the most attention. 
British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck.
Franz Reichelt
Are you guilty of perpetuating a story regardless of its truth? Here are some classic urban myths which you may not know are false.
Urban Legends
10 telling images selected from British Pathé's extensive WWI footage. 'The war to end all wars' was a war without parallel: over 70 million military personnel were involved and over 17 million people died.
There are some people who saw their mortality as really rather funny. Here are 12 of the best epitaphs.
The images taken from inside Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its Liberation show us what it was like; it tells us what happened and forces us to remember.
She may never have given a press interview but she is still one of the most famous women in the world. Here are 13 surprising facts you may not know about Queen Elizabeth II.