SS Robin: The Mother of Invention.
SS Robin is a national treasure, built in 1890 at Thames Ironworks shipyard on the River Lea. She’s the world’s oldest complete steam coaster and the last of her type in the world. Her incredible story is one of risk, enterprise, determination and endurance.
We are pleased to announce our main supporter, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), has agreed to provide £100,000 to complete essential deck conservation works to help conserve the SS Robin.
Unfortunately the SS Robin Trust has been unsuccessful in its bid to HLF to complete works that would have allowed the SS Robin to open to the public next year as a heritage attraction. The current Open Doors project funded by HLF will complete its three year programme at the end of 2015.
Whilst being disappointed with this outcome, the Trust is committed to finding the best outcome for the SS Robin. The Trust will therefore be applying for Transitional Funding from HLF to explore broader options for the SS Robin. Whilst this means that a purely heritage use is now less likely, it does mean the Trust is free to explore more commercial uses which could deliver a viable and sustainable future whilst still respecting and safeguarding the SS Robin’s nationally important heritage.
We would like to thank our dedicated supporters who have contributed match funding to the project especially Peabody, Newham Council and London's Royal Docks, and to all the other charities, schools, businesses and visitors that have helped the project so far and have donated their time and money. In addition, a special thanks goes to our volunteers who have achieved so much to keep the ship maintained and carried out valuable work with young people and the local community.
To find out more about the Trustees and Team, click here.