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TQ4080 :: Robin, Royal Victoria Dock

Taken 1 year ago by N Chadwick near Canning Town, Newham, England

Robin, Royal Victoria Dock by N Chadwick
Robin, Royal Victoria Dock

SS Robin is a 350 gross registered ton steam coaster, a class of steamship designed for carrying bulk and general cargoes in coastal waters, and the oldest complete example in the world. One of a pair of coasters built in Bow Creek, London in 1890, the ship was built for British owners, but spent most of her long working life on the Spanish coast as Maria. In 1974 she was purchased for restoration as Robin and is listed by National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet (the nautical equivalent of a Grade 1 Listed Building). She is situated in the Royal Victoria Dock, opening as the SS Robin museum, theatre and educational centre in 2014.
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.
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Subject Grid Square TQ4080
Subject Lat/Long 51.505697,0.028648 (click to view more nearby images)
Near Canning Town, Newham, England
Photographer N Chadwick
Taken 20180111 201801 2018 (about 1 year ago)
Submitted 2018-04-15
Snippet Royal Victoria Dock ·
Context Educational sites · Docks, Harbours ·
Group Royal Docks and the first London Dock ·

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