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.
(Note: The above information is for reference only, and is subject to change with the transportation companies' announcement as final.)
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 Ms Joanne Chan, 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.
|Public Guided Tours (Cantonese)|
Special Guided Tours by Retired Firefighters who Used to Work On-board
Every Saturday at 2:00pm & 4:00pm, the Exhibition Gallery offers Cantonese guided tours conducted by retired firefighters who used to work on the fireboat. The docents will share with visitors highlights of their work on the boat. Each tour lasts about 1 hour and admits 20 persons on a first come, first served basis.
General Guided Tours
Every Sunday and Public Holidays 2:30pm & 4:00pm.Each tour lasts about 1 hour and admits 20 persons, first come, first served.
|Group Visit and Guided Tour|
The following organisations can apply for free guided tours by completing the application form:
Guided tour service is provided every day, except Tuesday. The Exhibition Gallery will be open on Tuesday when it falls on a public holiday, during which free guided tour service will also be offered. Each tour lasts about 1 hour.
Form Download: Group Visit and Guided Tour Application Form (PDF file)
| Special Guided Tours for Groups by Appointments |
Sign Interpretation Guided Tours
Jointly presented by the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong, sign interpretation guided tours are now offered for people with hearing impairments to enable them to learn more about the Fireboat Alexander Grantham. Each tour lasts about 1 hour and admits 15 persons on a first come, first served basis. Please make prior reservation during office hours.
(2 sessions per month)
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