SS Robin returns to the East End
Historic ship the SS Robin is back in East London today, a mile up the river from where she was built.
The world's oldest surviving steamcoaster was towed into the Royal Albert Dock this morning (July 13) before continuing to her temporary home at Millennium Mills.
Chairman of the SS Robin Trust Robin Knowles said: "She's here and she's here to stay. She will be in the Royals for internal restoration and for 2012."
The SS Robin was built in 1890 on the site of the Thames Ironworks between East India Dock and Bow Creek. She was brought back to London from Spain in 1974 and spent time in West India Quay as an education facility.
Mr Knowles said: "She was moored in Spain and almost unrecognisable. We almost lost this unique lady."
For the last three years she has been undergoing extensive repairs in Suffolk.
Plans to install her permanently in Royal Docks as part of the area's regeneration programme are awaiting approval.
Full story in next week's Wharf.