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A floating fire engine, c. 1901.
|A floating fire engine, c. 1901.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H6107|
|Description: A floating fire engine run by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, c. 1901. London's first proper fire-fighting service was the London Fire Engine Establishment, founded in 1833. Its first head was James Braidwood, formerly head of the fire service in Edinburgh. Reorganised as the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1865 and renamed the London Fire Brigade in 1904, the service was particularly active in the port, with its frequent fires in warehouses or on ships. The Tooley Street Fire of 1861 was particularly vicious, and Braidwood himself was among the firefighters who died at the scene. This illustration appeared in 'Living London' (1901-02), edited by George R Sims.|
|Credit line: G.R. Sims, Living London|