With Christmas upon us, we can report that progress for moving the SS Robin to a new home at East India Dock is being made in conjunction with our partners Trinity Buoy Wharf.
December saw further meetings with the Lee Valley Parks Authority to negotiate terms and conditions for the display for SS Robin on the land which they manage as a nature reserve at East India Dock, which forms part of their wider network of public spaces, rivers and paths which run from the Thames all the way up to Hertfordshire. Subject to agreements being made by February, we are planning to move SS Robin to her new home around March 2018.
SS Robin Trust is working in partnership with Trinity Buoy Wharf, just downstream of East India Dock and exciting developments are coming together in the form of a new 'linear' London maritime heritage collection. Historic Thames Tugs 'Knocker White' and 'Varlet' are already there having moved from the Museum of Docklands and Varlet has just been cosmetically restored. It is hoped she will return to working order to become the TBW flagship vessel, representing us also at various maritime heritage events. Other historic vessels are being sourced to join this Thames boat collection in the coming years. An important development currently underway is the construction of a new floating pontoon and jetty which is being built at Orchard Wharf nearby which will replace existing structures alongside Trinity Buoy Wharf. Mainly for use by Thames Clippers, it will provide improved access to TBW and SS Robin and provide an occasional berth for visiting historic vessels.
Please see details for 2018 open days below and email us if you are interested in visiting!
Dates to follow soon.
Sadly we are still not able to easily accommodate visits to the SS Robin at present but we do hope to have some public open days in 2018 before the planned move.
Finally, we welcome onboard Richard Albanese as our new full time Maritime Heritage Project Manager, having joined us in August. Richard has an interest in maritime heritage, engineering and museums generally and has helped maintain and operate a range of larger steam boats over the years. He is responsible for SS Robin and for the other historic craft within the collection and shares his time between the SS Robin Trust and Trinity Buoy Wharf having joined us from previous employment as Project Coordinator at the London Museum of Water & Steam.
Thank you all for your continued support and interest in the SS Robin, let's hope that 2018 sees our preservation aims moving firmly ahead. On behalf of Eric Reynolds the Trust Chairman, may we wish you all; our supporters, staff and volunteers, past and present a very .......
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!