ship & pontoon
SS Robin due to her age and condition no longer floats, but instead sits on a display platform Pontoon, moored in the Royal Docks, East London beside Millenium Mills and opposite the ExCel Centre.
Join the docks
Robin sits within London’s greatest urban regeneration zone with 3 kilometers of water in the largest dock in the world. Dockside edges and derelict land which surrounds them are to be transformed, with new imaginative uses for the benefit of communities, businesses and visitors from far and wide. The Royal Docks will become a cultural, community and heritage destination which matches central London and Greenwich in scale and offer.
The Trust hope to suport these plans, perhaps as part of a wider London themed collection of historic boats with SS Robin as the ‘mother ship’ at its centre as an new open air museum collection for the visiting public. With almost no mooring spaces in London, this is the last opportunity in terms of time and urgency for the small number of historic vessels surviving.
Works and opportunity
SS Robin is in good condition having been restored and painted externally in 2010-11. Interior spaces of the ship still require restoration works to allow full public access onboard. The Victorian steam engine requires refurbishment so that it can be turned for display, some cabins need to be reinstated to represent the era when the ship was launched and a few missing parts need to be faithfully replicated. Sound, light, interpretation and artefacts are needed to bring the ship back to life to give visitors a taste of life at sea in the 1890’s.
The mighty Pontoon built in 2010 with its huge interior space is designed to contain museum, cafe, classrooms, toilets and services not yet installed. With plans for the Royal Docks underway these spaces are perfect for temporary pop up events and other exciting meanwhile uses.