The last coastal cargo steam ship left of several thousand built around the world between 1850 to 1950. SS Robin is a unique Victorian survivor from when Britain’s Empire was at its height and London was the world centre for maritime trade and shipbuilding.
Launched in London in 1890 she sailed UK and continental waters, carrying 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 the UK to be restored, preserved and opened as a museum ship at a range of London locations, with thousands of visitors onboard over a forty year period. Run by dedicated volunteers she has been supported by grant making trusts and through donations from public and private benefactors ever since.
Moored at the Royal Docks in east London less than a mile from where she was built, she is cared for by us the SS Robin Trust a registered charity.
Working with nearby Trinity Buoy Wharf (Urban Space Management) and others, we are hoping to establish a new maritime heritage attraction in the Royal Docks, as part of wider regeneration works underway from 2019.