Another view of SS Robin ~~~

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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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RNLatvian on June 25, 2013

Like! This is a very good photo! Greetings!

Sarah O on July 23, 2013

Love how you composed this Nick..the ropes/wires or cables? in the foreground adds interest to what we see across the water. The red of the ship against the beige tone of building is quite pretty, sitting between the blue water and the lovely blue sky!! :) I like this shot Nick! lots to see all around when zooming in!

Greetings, my friend .. Sarah

Nick Weall on July 23, 2013

Sarah O The cables are part of a bridge Sarah and yes I thought that they added something to the scene ~ this is outside of the exhibition halls that we were exhibiting in ~ Zooming hugs ~ nick

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 22, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    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