TQ4080 : Lightship, Royal Victoria Dock

taken 3 months ago, near to London City Airport, Newham, Great Britain

Lightship, Royal Victoria Dock
Lightship, Royal Victoria Dock
Royal Victoria Dock :: TQ4180
The Royal Victoria Dock opened in 1855 it was the first of the Royal Docks and the first London dock to be designed specifically to accommodate large steam ships. It was also the first to use hydraulic power to operate its machinery and the first to be connected to the national railway network.
The Royal Victoria Dock consisted of a main dock and a basin to the west, providing an entrance to the Thames on the western side of the complex.
The dock was an immediate commercial success, as it could easily accommodate all but the very largest steamships. It was badly damaged by German bombing in World War II but experienced a resurgence in trade following the war. However, from the 1960s onwards, the Royal Victoria experienced a steady decline as the shipping industry adopted containerization, which effectively moved traffic downstream to Tilbury. It finally closed to commercial traffic along with the other Royal Docks in 1980.
Since the 1980s the area around the dock has been redeveloped, including the ExCel Centre.
Light Ship
Lightship or lightvessel, is a ship which acts as a lighthouse. They are used in waters that are too deep or otherwise unsuitable for lighthouse construction. Although there is some record of fire beacons placed on ships in Roman times, the first modern lightvessel was off the Nore sandbank at the mouth of the River Thames in England, placed there by its inventor Robert Hamblin in 1732. The type has become largely obsolete; some stations were replaced by lighthouses as the construction techniques for the latter advanced, while others were replaced by large automated buoys.
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TQ4080, 880 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 11 January, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 15 April, 2018
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Communications  Docks, Harbours 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4081 8047 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.3376N 0:1.6490E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4071 8049
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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