Winter Newsletter from the SS Robin Trust -  December 2017
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Seasons Greetings to You!

Dear Friends,

With Christmas upon us, we can report that progress for moving the SS Robin to a new home at East India Dock is being made, slowly but surely in conjunction with our partners Trinity Buoy Wharf!

Friday 27th October 2017 saw Councilors at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets accept their Planning Officers recommendation to see the SS Robin return to the Isle of Dogs, probably for the first time since her launch 127 years ago. This is with the aim of seeing her displayed at a new shoreside setting on the East India Docks old lock entrance, overlooking the Thames, to within 200 feet of where she was originally built. The Council who were unanimous in their vote, expressed great enthusiasm to see Robin return as a new maritime heritage attraction, adding to the strong historical and cultural identity of the Island.

Monday 18th December saw another positive meeting with the Lee Valley Parks Authority to further negotiate terms and conditions for the display for SS Robin on the land which they manage as a nature reserve at East India Dock, which forms part of their wider network of public spaces, rivers and paths which run from the Thames all the way up to Hertfordshire.

Further negotiaitions are underway and subject to agreements being made by February, we are planning to move SS Robin to her new home around March 2018.

SS Robin Trust is working in partnership with Trinity Buoy Wharf, just downstream of East India Dock and exciting developments are coming together in the form of a new 'linear' London maritime heritage collection. Historic Thames Tugs 'Knocker White' and 'Varlet' are already there having moved from the Museum of Docklands and Varlet has just been cosmetically restored. It is hoped she will return to working order in the coming year to become the TBW flagship vessel, representing us also at various maritime heritage events. Other historic vessels are being sourced to join this Thames boat collection in the coming years.

An important phase currently underway is the construction of a new floating pontoon and jetty which is being built at Orchard Wharf nearby which will replace existing structures alongside Trinity Buoy Wharf. Mainly for use by Thames Clippers, it will provide improved access to TBW and SS Robin and provide an occasional berth for visiting historic vessels.

Please see details for 2018 open days below and email us if you are interested in visiting!
Dates to follow soon.

A sister Tug Boat to 'Knocker White' helps tow SS Robin on her return to London in 1980
Sadly we are still not able to easily accommodate visits to the SS Robin at present but we do hope to have some public open days in 2018 before the planned move.

Finally, we welcome onboard Richard Albanese as our new full time Maritime Heritage Project Manager, having joined us in August. Richard has an interest in maritime heritage, engineering and museums generally and has helped maintain and operate a range of larger steam boats over the years. He is responsible for SS Robin and for the other historic craft within the collection and shares his time between the SS Robin Trust and Trinity Buoy Wharf having joined us from previous employment as Project Coordinator at the London Museum of Water & Steam.

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in the SS Robin, let's hope that 2018 sees our preservation aims moving firmly ahead!

On behalf of Eric Reynolds the Trust Chairman, may we wish you all; our supporters, staff and volunteers, past and present a very .......

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With every good wish from all of us here at the SS Robin Trust.
0207 998 1343
The SS Robin Trust, 2d/2e Royal Victoria Place, London E16 1UQ
 Registered Charity 1095884

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