Autmn Newsletter from the SS Robin Trust -  September 2019
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Changing Times and Change of Direction


Dear Friends and Supporters,

The last few years have been challenging for the Trust with an ongoing quest to try and secure a long term mooring for the ship.

This has to be suited to good public access and footfall at a London location and must also allow for the full preservation and display of the ship so that it can be opened fully as a visitor attraction. SS Robin is not alone in this respect; rising property prices, luxury waterside living and attendant closure of docks, wharves and riverside moorings to shipping are making maritime preservation increasingly difficult for organisations such as ours based here in the U.K.

This newsletter follows on from earlier ones which outlined plans to display the ship at the historic East India Dock Basin up river from where Robin lies now. Sadly Lee Valley Parks Authority the landowner withdrew their support for the scheme and the Trust has again had to look elsewhere. We continue in partnership with Trinity Buoy Wharf who also have a collection of fine historic Thames vessels deserving of wider public access.

There is some good news in that changing circumstances over the last year at the Royal Docks mean that SS Robin could now have a new berth better suited to public access, as part of wide ranging proposals for the redevelopment and regeneration of the Docks on and around its water, dockside edges and vacant land nearby over the next few years. Exciting proposals aim to create a new cultural destination for London which compliments nearby Greenwich in terms of scale and offer. The docks themselves being close to 3 km long. Maritime, community and heritage elements are seen to be an important part of this and it is hoped that a range of permanent heritage vessel moorings will be provided as part of the overall scheme. This is after a period of some thirty years in which the docks have effectively been closed off to maritime use. As of September 2019 the new masterplan is being completed and will go out for public consultation. You have a chance to have your views and help strengthen the case for making more of the SS Robin and other historic craft in the Royals.

Please see the ‘Join the Docks’ website for info and a chance to comment here:

In other news SS Robin has had a range of visitors onboard over the last year,  mostly small groups of between 10 and 20 persons. Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts, volunteers from the Cutty Sark, representatives from the Royal Docks Team, Maritime Heritage Trust, National Historic Ships and Lendlease staff (the developers of the Millenium Mills site alongside where Robin sits). We have also been going out giving slide show presentations to interested groups on both sides of the Thames and participating in Royal Docks related outreach and consultation events. Robin has been used in several film shoots  with more to follow later this year.

Our website is being renewed and hopefully a shiny new one will be turned on at the end of this month. We will let you know when it goes live and will keep you informed of developments as they progress.

Please sign up to our Facebook page if you haven't done so!

Finally we apologise for the lack of news over the last 12 months. We have had problems with our IT systems and mail hosting service, which caused us to believe that the two previous Newsletters of February and October for 2018 had been sent out. This may not have been the case so we are sending them out again now seperately.

Thank you as ever for your kind support and interest!

The SS Robin Team.

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