Always a firm Harbour Festival Favourite, the Pyronaut will once again be firing up its jets to put on another spectacular display for the dockside crowds.
Built in Bristol in 1934, Pyronaut (originally named Phoenix II) worked from the Prince Street Bridge river police station. She had a crew of three firemen, including an engineer who was based in the engine room.
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.
By the late 1960s, Pyronaut’s equipment had become worn out and obsolete and in 1973 she was put up for sale. She eventually came into the care of M Shed and was completely restored. You can now see her on Princes Wharf in front of M Shed and in full water-spraying action at the Harbour Festival .