22 June—20 October 2024

Pyronaut trips

Please note: Pyronaut is currently not operational while she is undergoing vital conservation work. To help us provide future care and support for our working exhibits please do consider making a monthly donation to our independent charity Bristol Museum Development Trust (charity number 137777).

Take a boat trip with a difference! Watch the powerful water cannon at work on Bristol’s former fire-boat, on a trip around the docks that she was built to protect.

Pyronaut served in Bristol from 1934 until 1973, working particularly hard in the Blitz in 1940-41.

In 1940, Pyronaut was faced with her most challenging fire-fighting period, as the air raids of the Bristol blitz damaged and destroyed countless warehouses, factories, shops and homes around the Floating Harbour. During this time, she was constantly manned and worked through some of the worst raids of the war.

Additional information

Please note, M Shed’s large working exhibits are operated by volunteers. Occasionally crew shortages, mechanical difficulties or adverse weather conditions may force us to alter or cancel the advertised event. We advise you to check directly with us to avoid disappointment by calling 0117 352 6600.

Read more about Pyronaut over on the Working Exhibits section.

More rides on the Working Exhibits