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TQ4080 :: Lightship, Royal Victoria Dock

Taken 8 months ago by N Chadwick near Canning Town, Newham, England

Lightship, Royal Victoria Dock by N Chadwick
Lightship, Royal Victoria Dock

Royal Victoria Dock
The Royal Victoria Dock opened in 1855 it was the first of the Royal Docks and the first London dock to be designed specifically to accommodate large steam ships. It was also the first to use hydraulic power to operate its machinery and the first to be connected to the national railway network. The Royal Victoria Dock consisted of a main dock and a basin to the west, providing an entrance to the Thames on the western side of the complex. The dock was an immediate commercial success, as it could easily accommodate all but the very largest steamships. It was badly damaged by German bombing in World War II but experienced a resurgence in trade following the war. However, from the 1960s onwards, the Royal Victoria experienced a steady decline as the shipping industry adopted containerization, which effectively moved traffic downstream to Tilbury. It finally closed to commercial traffic along with the other Royal Docks in 1980. Since the 1980s the area around the dock has been redeveloped, including the ExCel Centre.
Light Ship
Lightship or lightvessel, is a ship which acts as a lighthouse. They are used in waters that are too deep or otherwise unsuitable for lighthouse construction. Although there is some record of fire beacons placed on ships in Roman times, the first modern lightvessel was off the Nore sandbank at the mouth of the River Thames in England, placed there by its inventor Robert Hamblin in 1732. The type has become largely obsolete; some stations were replaced by lighthouses as the construction techniques for the latter advanced, while others were replaced by large automated buoys.
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Subject Grid Square TQ4080
Subject Lat/Long 51.505640,0.027502 (click to view more nearby images)
Near Canning Town, Newham, England
Photographer N Chadwick
Taken 20180111 201801 2018 (about 8 months ago)
Submitted 2018-04-15
Snippet Royal Victoria Dock · Light Ship ·
Context Derelict, Disused · Communications · Docks, Harbours ·

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