The ship

Launched from Bow Creek, London in 1890, SS Robin is the last complete coastal cargo steam ship left of several thousand built around the world between 1850 to 1950. Powered by steam though originally carrying auxilliary sail, she is a unique Victorian survivor of when Britain’s Empire was at its height and London was the world centre for maritime trade and shipbuilding.

Sailing UK and continental waters she carried a variety of cargo under several owners, before ending her career in Spain in 1974. By then the last of her kind still sailing.


Saved from scrap by the Maritime Trust she steamed back to London to be restored, preserved and opened as a museum ship at a range of locations ever since.

With thousands of visitors onboard over forty years and cared for by dedicated volunteers she has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, grant making trusts and donations from public and private benefactors.

Moored at the Royal Docks less than a mile from where she was built, she is cared for by us the SS Robin Trust a registered charity. In partnership with nearby Trinity Buoy Wharf (Urban Space Management) and others, we are hoping to establish a new London based maritime heritage attraction within the Royal Docks as part of wider regeneration proposals underway from 2019.