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We took the train to St. Pancras then to Bank, then on to Canning Town on the DLR.

Logger showing our walk;  2 versions of the gps of the photos below the first one enlarges.

We had difficulty finding our way to City Island;  there were so many different levels and dead ends

I think it is a cat

Tide is out

Canning town

Decorative boarding

Decorative boarding

New flats


This enlarges greatly

Puddle picture

Palms from Sicily in the Ballymore development


Salvia uliginosa

Salvia species

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Lightship and taxi



Royal Drawing School - the area was full of attractive artifacts

Container City

Light bulb...

...and containers

Flood Tide Listening Post


Fine orange mushrooms

There is a permanent sensor at  the site of the Floodtide Listening Post.   This submerged sensor gathers information from the tidal flow that is converted into musical notation read from screens or mobile phones by musicians allows live notation from the Thames to be streamed constantly from our website.    When one stands by the Listening Post one can hear feint sounds.

Emirates Airline

The Faraday Effect


Panoramic view (does not enlarge)

East India Dock Basin

A Millennium Beacon

The Dome

East India Dock Basin Nature Reserve

East India Dock Basin Nature Reserve is a small Thames-side site based around the former entrance basin of the East India Docks.   The reserve includes a tidal lagoon and the closest patch of genuine saltmarsh to Central London, along with a reedbed and small areas of meadow and woodland.   The reserve is the southernmost section of the Lea Valley Park.

The Virginia Quay Settlers Monument, a free-standing stone and bronze monument of 1951, incorporating a bronze plaque of 1928 and with later sculptural additions of 1999, commemorating the departure of settlers for Jamestown, Virginia (USA)

The monument is an accessible memorial to the British settlers who set out from Blackwall Quay to establish a colony at Jamestown, Virginia (USA) in 1607;

The monument's rough-hewn rock base and astrolabe navigation instrument combine to convey the sense of adventure involved in crossing the Atlantic during the C17, and the risks associated with establishing a colony on an unknown continent;

People climbing on the Dome

Meridian line

Puddle picture

Heavy bag

Water lilies

Handsome building

Elegant shapes

Domino players

Grim flats

What a colour!

We had a very poor experience at the Greenwich Pensioner.   The food, the drinks, the loos and the ambience were all totally inadequate.

The church was locked

Heavyweight gate

Once the Council Offices

Michael loves this house


Under the bridge



Confused wind

Floating bridge

Apartment window


King and Queen


Little figure behind the parrot or human in a cloak

Very slim building

A broader view

Westferry to Bank on the DLR then to St Pancras and home.


From:  https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/

Here’s a tube station with a relatively little used staircase, and at the top, standing proud is a massive slab of rusted iron — from a warship.

This is Canning Town tube station, and the slab of iron comes from HMS Warrior, the world’s first armour-plated, iron-hulled warship.

It’s here at Canning Town tube station for a very special reason, as this was heart of London’s ship building works in Victorian times, and in June 1859, the Admiralty awarded the contract to build the warship to the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company based in Blackwall.

They had to reinforce the slipway she was built on to cope with the additional weight, and the manufacturers nearly went bust building her. Even the launch was ill-fated, as the winter was exceptionally cold and the iron hulled ship froze to the slipway, requiring rams and extra tugs to pull her free and into the Thames.

As part of the Jubilee line extension, Canning Town station was upgraded, and this new staircase added, with a concrete wall that’s had the history of the area inscribed into it.

The monument was made by created by sculptor Richard Kindersley, who hand carved all the lettering after the concrete slab had been installed. The concrete panels have also been given the appearance of having been bolted together with rivets to give the impression of a ship’s hull.

It was unveiled in 1999 by local boy made good, George Carey, at the time, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The text, which flows around the wall in waves recalls the various triumphs of the local ship builders, from HMS Warrior to the Dreadnaught ships, and even some railway bridges in London.

It also lead to the formation of a famous football club, West Ham, which uses the crossed hammers as its symbol — from the hammers used by the shipbuilders.

At its peak, the shipyards at Blackwall employed over 7,000 men, but over time it became more effective to produce iron and steel outside London, and the shipbuilding moved away.

HMS Warrior itself was mothballed, but rescued in the 1960s and restored in the 1980s. Listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, HMS Warrior has been based in Portsmouth since 1987.   http://www.catfan.co.uk/1.Catfan_portsmouth.htm   &   http://www.catfan.co.uk/1.Catfan_portsmouth_again.htm    have some information about HMS Warrior.

The inscription says that the yard went into receivership in 1912 after 65 years of endeavour & invention for which London should remain proud.