Museum Outward Bound Virtual Tour Series - "Top 3 Mysterious Places on the Fireboat" The Alexander Grantham Virtual Tour
The Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery, situated behind the Victoria Harbour, is a popular spot for photography, but its historical significance in the history of local sea rescue operations remained obscured to many people. In this tour, the assistant curator of the Exhibition Gallery and Mr Leung Chung Yu, a retired firefighter who had fought side-by-side with the fireboat, will take you on a journey to discover the secret attractions of the exhibition and the fireboat.
Do you want to know what firefighters do on board besides extinguishing fires? Do you want to learn more about the history and equipment of sea rescue operations? Come and explore the Alexander Grantham to find out the answers! Enter to "Top 3 Mysterious Places on the Fireboat" The Alexander Grantham Virtual Tour.
The fireboat Alexander Grantham went into service in 1953. Before being decommissioned in 2002, it served as the flagship of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department's fireboat team, responding to fire alarms and conducting rescue operations both in Hong Kong's waters and along the shoreline. The Alexander Grantham was built by Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd. and, as well as an enduring witness to the history of Hong Kong's sea rescue services, it is also a testament to the achievements of Hong Kong shipbuilding in the 1950s.
Given the profound historical significance of the Alexander Grantham, the Hong Kong Museum of History acquired the fireboat for its collections, refitting it into the purpose-built Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery and opening it to the public in 2007. At a gallery area of 1,200 square metres, a number of unique firefighting artefacts has been showcased, offering a wealth of information displayed in multimedia formats to enhance the visitors' understanding of marine rescue work in Hong Kong.
|Public Guided Tours (in Cantonese only)|
|Guided Tour Service for Groups|
|Special Guided Tours for Groups by Appointments|
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Currently, barrier-free facilities and services provided at the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery are:
* A barrier-free ramp at the main entrance and behind the Gallery
* Braille and tactile map at the main entrance, and tactile guide path
* Non-slip nosing and tactile warning strips at landing on both top and bottom
* Audio and visual signals of the emergency alarm system
* The exhibition area and upper deck of the fireboat are accessible via ramp
You are welcome to contact the Assistant Curator II (Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum) of the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery at 3580 6778 during office hours (9:15am to 1pm & 2pm to 6pm on Mon to Fri) or call the Duty Officer at 2367 7821 during non-office hours.