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 and the last of her type in the world. She’s a true survivor and a symbol of the resilience of London’s East End, with a life spanning three centuries and an amazing story to tell.
She was built in 1890 at the world renowned Thames Ironwork’s shipyard on the River Lea, where many notable vessels – including the illustrious HMS Warrior – were built.
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 at the western end of the Royal Victoria Dock (close to the Emirates Airline cable car) as a symbol of East London’s transformation when she re-opens in 2015.
The idea of this project is to show people’s engaging in SS Robin Trust that are really passionate about their cause and want be a part of this historic heritage.
Clare Wincza, from the SS Robin said, “The volunteers worked so hard all day and were great company too. They were willing to try their hand at anything and the result is a massive change to the space which is going to facilitate a range of activities at the SS Robin Trust. From hosting school events, to volunteers working with the archive and artifacts through to work experience programs and tours of the ship, I could go on, but you get the picture!”