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Another view of SS Robin ~~~

SS Robin is a precious diamond: a national treasure and one of London’s best kept secrets. She’s the world’s oldest complete steamship - the last of her type in the world. She’s a survivor, with a life spanning three centuries and an amazing story to tell.

She was built in 1890 at the world renowned Thames Ironworks shipyard on the River Lea, where many notable vessels - including HMS Warrior- were built

She’s part of the National Historic Fleet and one of only three ‘Core Collection’ (Grade 1) vessels in the capital. Her sister ships, Cutty Sark and HMS Belfast, are celebrities. But SS Robin is the real Londoner, and the forgotten jewel of the three : she’s the very opposite of flash, fast or furious - instead, she’s the real deal: a symbol of tough East End survival and hard work: in short, true grit.

She’s the only remaining example of the famous ‘Dirty British Coaster’ immortalised in John Masefield’s much loved poem ‘Cargoes’.

Her incredible story is one of risk, enterprise, determination and endurance. You can get a glimpse of her at London’s Royal Victoria Dock, where she’s undergoing final restoration work only a mile from where she was originally built, ready to take her place as a symbol of East London’s transformation when she re-opens in 2014.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 22, 2013
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    by Nick Weall
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ5
    • Taken on 2013/05/19 18:05:29
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 10.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash