Over the last couple of years I have attempted to convey how the Isle of Dogs to many residents and visitors is a special place which is full of history and mysteries.
To illustrate its effect on people, a couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Andrew Harris of Brisbane who visited the Island and endured a very cold, winter holiday in 2011 but the memory of the location stayed with him on his return to Australia. It was this memory that inspired him to compose the following poem.
The Isle of Dogs
The boats are port to starboard, cheek by jowl
At the Isle of Dogs, nosing and nudging the wall
Of the dock, held like a pod of pet whales
Ten deep, blunt-snouted and barnacle-edged
Waiting for the sweep of some invisible hand
To free them to the gravy brown of the open river
Who sits so still at the far galley window, bearded,
grey, his eye drawn by the lights on Blackheath Hill
A house he once held, a man upright and purposeful
Now hunched and mole-like, moving along the boat,
Wedging into the space between the table and bench,
Tap of spoon against saucepan’s side, stirring, staring
Fuel lamp flares and the hill recedes behind
The cool condensation of the rounded window
Now only to be seen through the binoculars formed
From cupped hands slowly sliding on the wet glass
Was it a face that held him, a face pressed
Against a casement window, straining to pick
His boat among the flotilla of forgotten, forkless fathers
At the harbour of the home broken; or do the eyes
That once sparkled and danced now narrow at
The mention of his name, a re-ringed hand drawing
The curtain across the snow dappled pane
Estuary birds ruffle and puff their feathers, balanced
On an upturned broken crate, becalmed as a thin
Toffee-crisp frost blotches the water’s skin
Winter bites the houseboats and socked feet protrude
From under too short a blanket, half a fathom
Above the still, chilled surface of the Thames
Andrew and his wife were both born in England but emigrated to Australia in the 1960s and 1970s. Andrew was bought up in Beccles, Suffolk but his wife Emma has local connections with East and South London.
Her father was a boat and barge builder on the Thames in the late 1950s, and despite spending most of his life in Australia retains his London accent and his affinity for the river and its history.
From early morning there was a steady arrival of people and boats for the start of the Great River Race.
The people get used to delays on the roads on the Isle of Dogs but being held up by small boats is a bit of novelty.
Getting near to the start time , the excitement builds and the logistic nightmare of getting boats and crews into the water begins.
The Millwall slipway and the Docklands sailing centre are quite small but everyone takes the organisation in good spirits and use the time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
The cannon marks the start of the race when the slowest boats start off first, and the others wait for their turn to begin.
The first part of the race takes the crews up to Canary Wharf and round Limehouse to see the skyscrapers in the City.
But there are still 20 miles to go in the River Marathon and the finish in Richmond.
Whilst it might not have the media coverage of the London Marathon, The UK Traditional Boat Championship or the Great River Race as it is known has become a favourite with crews and the public.
It is known as the ‘River Marathon’ because the course is 21.6 Miles from the Isle of Dogs to Ham in Surrey.
To the uninitiated, the event is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that often attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from the fun rowers to the more serious racers.
There are 35 trophies at stake for the various classes of boats and competitors. Like the running marathon many of the crews dress up in fancy dress and compete for charities.
The Race began in 1988 , but has grown each year and is a real global event attracting crews from all over the world.
To give all crews an equal chance, entrants were handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boats. This was done using a sophisticated computer programme.
As well as the crews , the entertainment is provided by the amazing array of boats on display from the ever popular Dragon Boats to Waterman Cutters.
To make sure you don’t miss the race here are some timings:
From 9:30 hours.
MILLWALL RIVERSIDE, WESTFERRY ROAD
Competing crews arrive, register and prepare their boats for the launch
MILLWALL DOCK SLIPWAY
RIVERSIDE BELOW HAM HOUSE, RICHMOND
When the HMS Westminster came into West India Dock, I was offered a chance to go on board and meet the Captain and some of the crew . This seemed an opportunity too good to miss, so at the appropriate time I went on board and was escorted to the bridge.
Talking to some of the crew, it quickly became clear that the modern Royal Navy is expected to undertake a large number of tasks in an ever changing world from humanitarian rescues to seeing action in the many trouble spots.
HMS Westminster’s Commanding Officer Captain Hugh Beard
Although the HMS Westminster is 20 years old, the technology on the bridge is being regularly updated to maintain maximum effectiveness. However the bridge is dominated by the captain’s chair from where he directs operations, the Captain after explaining some of the ships capabilities rested in his chair to be surprised by the appearance of a Tall Ship sailing past. It turned out be the Stavros S Niarchos and waves were exchanged between the two crews.
Leading seaman Dave Kelvin ( still feeling the effects of running from Portsmouth to London for charity)
I was keen to find out how many Londoners were on board and was surprised to find out there was only three, it appears that although that ships are linked with a particular place, recruitment can bring crew from all over the UK.
Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineer) Lewis Bird, from Carshalton
However chatting with the Londoners, it was obvious that the links with the City were the source of a great deal of pride.
Lieutenant Lloyd Cardy, from Croydon
Although I have been on many ships that have visited West India Docks, the visit is usually restricted to the deck and occasionally the bridge. Therefore when I was offered a full tour of the ship I was curious to see ‘behind the scenes’ of the modern warship.
With a complement of 180 to 200 crew and the array of modern equipment and weapons even a quite large warship like the HMS Westminster feels quite cramped under the decks.
One of the first lessons a new sailor or a landlubber visitor learns is climbing down the steps between decks requires you to keep your wits about you, if not bumps and bruises will follow or ‘hatch rash’ as its known to the crew.
What quickly becomes clear is that the ship has to be a self contained ‘mini- city’ because if you are at sea for weeks at a time, you obviously have to take everything with you.
Other than direct action with the enemy , the great dangers on board are fire or water getting into the ship. The large array of systems regulating all aspects of the ship are manned 24/7 and any incident is acted upon immediately.
There is also constant training at sea both in battle readiness but also endless safety routines to be carried out.
But the life of the modern sailor is not all work , the galley provides a wide range of meals by a team of chefs.
And there is even a small shop if you fancy a bar of chocolate .
The ship usually carries an helicopter unless in port, but I was not sure why there is a red telephone box on the deck ?
As someone who gets seasick on the Woolwich Ferry, I don’t think I would have been attracted to a life on the ocean but it was fascinating to see some of the workings of a modern warship.
If you are interested and would like to visit the ship and see some of the sights for yourself, there is an open day on Saturday, tickets are free but must be obtained from Eventbrite here.
Many thanks to the Captain and the crew of the HMS Westminster for the information and the guided tour.
A surprise visitor to the West India Dock today is the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos . She was last in the dock at around September last year.
A few weeks ago I was writing about how many of the Tall Ships carry out valuable work training young people and the Stavros S Niarchos is a good example of this.
The Stavros S Niarchos is a British brig-rigged tall ship owned and operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. Built in 2000, she has been used to give young people the opportunity to develop skills and talents whilst undertaking voyages to various locations. She is also available for voyages and holidays which provides revenue to maintain the operation of the ship.
Since its inception in the 50s the organisation has taken 100,000 trainees to sea and sailed 1.9 million nautical miles. The ship has a Length of 197ft , Masts of 148ft and Beam of 32ft, she usually operates a crew of 69 which include regular crew and volunteers.
The Stavros S Niarchos is relatively new but was put up for sale last year, it does not appear that she has been sold yet, however the market for second-hand tall ships must be quite limited.
She joins the Super Yacht Christopher and the HMS Westminster in West India Dock at the moment to offer an interesting selection of ships.
Photo by Eric Pemberton
Photo by Eric Pemberton
After all the recent activity with Tall Ships , West India Dock welcomes a very different type of ship with the arrival of the HMS Westminster . The Type 23 frigate will be moored in London for six days and undertake a number of engagements .
Built in the famous Swan Hunter yard in Tyne and Wear and launched in 1992, the 133-metre ship, last visited London in March 2013, since then the ship has had a seven month deployment to the Arabian Gulf, then returned to the UK in February 2014 when she underwent a maintenance period .
As the Royal Navy’s primary Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Frigate, Westminster has undergone tactical development trials with HMS Illustrious ; this was followed by ASW operation activation due to Russian submarine activity.
More recently, HMS Westminster has undertaken a training exercise with the Royal Navy Reserves.
One of its high profile engagements whilst in dock will be a parade through Westminster, the Lord Mayor of Westminster will allow the ship to exercise its right to the Freedom of the City, with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed as they parade through the streets. The parade will be led by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and the procession will form up at Horse Guards Parade at 8.45am. The parade will then march onto Horse Guards Road and onto the Mall through the centre of Admiralty Arch and around Parliament Square before arriving at Westminster Abbey for the march past at 9.40am.
On Saturday September 27 , HMS Westminster will be open to members of the public so that local people have an opportunity to experience life on board a warship. Open from 9am until 5pm – with last entry to the ship at 4pm – tickets are available on the hour between these times. Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance from www.hmswestminstertickets.eventbrite.co.uk.
One recent events that the HMS Westminster attended this summer was the Bournemouth Air Show, by a coincidence I was staying in Bournemouth for a few days and caught the first day of the show. here are a couple of photographs of the HMS Westminster in Bournemouth.
When the Tall ships departed in the Parade of Sail along the Thames, one Tall ship was left behind in West India Dock.
The ship is the TS Royalist and last night a celebration took place to honour its service for the Sea Cadet organisation. Although it was a celebration , there was a tinge of sadness as the old ship is due to be decommissioned after over 40 years service.
TS Royalist was built by Groves and Guttridge, Cowes, Isle of Wight. and launched in 1971 by Princess Anne, in her years of service it is estimated she has taken over 30,000 cadets to sea. The cadets generally join the ship for a week and learn the rudiments of sailing a large ship.
The Sea Cadets organisation is a national nautical youth charity offering young people between 10 and 18 a taste of the nautical life and is based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy. The organisation also help the young people to develop a range of life skills and boost confidence and self esteem.
The TS Royalist is built of steel, with an overall length of 29 metres (97 feet), and is designed as a traditional square-rigged brig . However in recent years she has became increasingly expensive to maintain, therefore the decision was made to commission the building of a new ship with advanced sailing ability and performance.
Raising nearly 4 million pounds in two years , the organisation awarded the contract to a Spanish shipbuilder but is sourcing a considerable amount of the equipment from the UK.
The TS Royalist is a familiar participant in the Tall Ship festivals and races and regularly visits many UK ports and ports in France and other part of Europe.
After the excitement of the Tall Ships, it is back to normal in West India Dock with the arrival in the early evening of the Super Yacht SY Christopher.
However there is a connection with the Tall Ships they started in Falmouth before coming to Greenwich, the Christopher was launched in Falmouth in December by Cornish ship builders Pendennis .
The 46m (150ft) ketch was designed by Ron Holland, based on the classic yachts of the past.
The yacht has three staterooms and a study that will provide guests with accommodation for up to 12, with a further four cabins forward, sleeping eight crew.
LOA 46m (150.9ft)
Draft 3.8m (12.5ft keel up) 9.4m (31ft keel down)
Beam 9.5m (31.2ft
The yacht has recently been in Scandinavia and as usual with Super Yachts little is known about the owner or its future plans .
Photograph by Eric Pemberton
In contrast to the clear bright evening , early this morning the Phoenix Reisen cruise ship Albatros was spotted making its way around the Isle of Dogs in a river mist.
Photograph by Eric Pemberton
Photograph by Eric Pemberton
A few days ago was the 74th anniversary of the First Day of the Blitz, for the people who were not alive at the time it is difficult to envisage the shock and horror people had to endure.
To give some idea of the scale and scope of the first day , I am posting an eyewitness report by an Islander, Doris Lilian Bennett and the reports of bomb damage undertaken mostly by the Fire Brigade service.
On September 7, 1940, London was completely unaware of the threat massing on the other side of the channel, however the relative peace was shattered at around 5.30pm when some 348 German bombers escorted by 617 fighters pounded London until 6.00pm. Using the many burning fires as targets, a second group attacked with more incendiary bombs two hours later.
According to the London Fire Brigade reports the first incident in the Isle of Dogs was logged at 5.52 when an oil stores was damaged on West Ferry Road. The attack continued for the next couple of hours causing widespread damage and a number of casualties.
One of the Ack Ack Guns now at Mudchute Farm
Other than the Royal Air Force, the Island defences consisted of four Ack Ack Anti-aircraft guns located at the Mudchute. Although the guns were fired by remote control using Radar, the station was manned by 154 Battery of the 52 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery . It was a dangerous occupation, the day after the first night of the Blitz the Guardroom, canteen and stores was destroyed by landmines. Luckily there were no casualties.
Unfortunately that was not the case elsewhere, although we have no figures for the first night on the Island, but over the period of the Blitz an estimated 430 people were killed on the Isle of Dogs .
In all of London on the first night of the Blitz, 430 civilians were killed and 1600 seriously wounded. Worse was to come, between 7 September 1940 and 21 May 1941 there were 71 major aerial raids on London which caused one million London houses to be destroyed or damaged and over 20,000 civilians were killed.
On that fateful first day , Doris Lilian Bennett of the Auxiliary Fire Service was stationed at the bottom end of the Isle of Dogs and later wrote about what happened.
It began on Saturday 7th September 1940 at around tea-time, there had been one or two night time warnings during the previous week, but of short duration and no consequence. That Saturday was a warm, sunny Autumn day. In the late afternoon we of the Auxiliary Fire Service, stationed at the at the bottom end of the Isle of Dogs were standing in the Station yard watching the vapour trails of aircraft high in the sky when it was suggested we might get a better view from an upstairs window. Watching from the window towards Greenwich, across the Thames, we suddenly saw aircraft approaching, quite low, their shapes black against the bright sky. We watched, mesmerised, until someone said, uneasily, “I think we’d better go downstairs, these blokes look like they mean business” They did. We closed the window and were walking, unhurriedly down the stairs when suddenly came loud rushing noises and huge explosions. Bombs! we were being bombed! We huddled together in a corner of the stairwell until the noises ceased, then pulled ourselves together and made our way down the rest of the stairs.
Downstairs all was in darkness. Big, burly L.F.B. Sub-Officer Smith was marching about bellowing “First bomb lights went out, lights went out first bomb.” This simple fact seemed to please him enormously. The Emergency Lighting System —candles- had been put into operation and by their flickering light we made our way to our Control Room and took our places in front of the telephones. The first call came very quickly, from V Sub-station, my telephone. They had been called out to attend a fire at a wharf on their ground. I noted the time of the call, wrote the message on the pad, and handed it to Sub-Officer Frost, our Mobilising Officer who put the Mobilising Board into use for the first time For Real. During the previous months, whilst awaiting Enemy Action, we had many exercises to get us accustomed to what would happen if and when air raids began and we all knew what we had to do, but this was the first time it was happening for real. From that first call, calls came in thick and fast, Discs were shuffled about on the Mobilising Board and coloured-headed pins denoting fires and appliances attending there at were put into a map of the Island on the wall next to the Board. Appliances were ordered out and any who reported back after fires they had been attending were brought under control were swiftly ordered out again. It was organised chaos.
The Island was a prime target. Around the edges close to the river were timber yards, paint works, boiler making and engineering factories, and other factories producing jams, pickles and confectionery. Across the top of the Island were the three large West India Docks, down the middle were the Millwall Docks, the docksides lined with shipping from all over the world, their warehouses stuffed with the cargoes those ships had carried. At the bottom end of the Millwall Docks were MacDougalls flour mills,
their tall silos an outstanding landmark, all close together, the whole of the Island highly inflammable. Jerry was well aware of this.
The air-raid continued, unabated, as well as the noise of the bombers and their bombs was the noise of the Ack-ack guns, four of them, on the Mud-chute, pounding away, the noise of their shells going up competing with the noise of Jerry’s little offerings coming down. We in the Control Room carried on with what we had to do, taking and relaying messages. At some time during the evening our W.A.F.S. Sub-officer, a good and efficient lady, organised some tea for us in the W.A.F.S quarters across the Yard. We went, two or three at a time, wearing our tin hats (our battle bowlers), when my turn came I found I had no appetite, but gratefully drank two cups of tea, then we went back to carry on taking and relaying messages until one by one, the telephones were put out of order as wires were cut. We then relied on the young Messengers and our two Despatch riders ,on their motor-bikes to fetch and take.
It must have been around midnight when the Guv’nor called us together and said the way things were there was no point in all the girls staying on duty, we were to divide ourselves into two groups. This we did, he pointed to one group and said “You stay”, to the other group he said “You go”, to the shelter in the Yard. I was one of the Go lot. We collected tunics and tin hats and went to the back door to make our way across the Yard. It was after midnight, I had expected to walk out into the blackout we had grown accustomed to but the night was as bright as day from the light of the fires all around us flickering on the walls of houses and tall buildings. I had known, from the map of the Island in the Control Room that there were fires all around but it still came. as a shock to see it. For a moment I stood, watching, thinking that if the bridges were hit, as they quite well might be, we would be isolated in this ring of fire, but then I saw the other girls, strolling across the Yard as though on a Sunday walk in the Park, they didn’t seem at all worried, so I thought, “Oh well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”, and I did. The shelter was made of four or five corrugated iron Andersons bolted together, making one very long shelter, half buried in the soil of what had been the Station garden, the soil that had been dug out to receive it had been spread on and around it as reinforcement. The floor had been boarded, and kapok quilts, intended to cover engines and keep them as warm as possible in very cold weather, were spread upon the floor. We arranged them, and ourselves, not very comfortably, and tried to get some sleep. I suddenly thought of all the things I had been afraid of before this night, they were all so trivial compared to this that they were just not worth worrying about…..
The days that followed took the same pattern, sirens every night at about the same time, the raid lasting until the early morning Houses, shops, factories all received bomb damage, some irreparable. People moved away from the Island, as my family did once our home had been made uninhabitable. The London Blitz continued until mid-may 1941, ending with a spectacular fire-bombing. I was at home that night, sitting quietly with the others until Dad went outside and called us all to come out. The sky over London was scarlet from the light of the fires Jerry had started. The following day on my way back to the Station the bus from Ilford stopped somewhere just before Stratford, the road from them on being impassable. I walked, along could hardly believe the damage that had been done. Whole streets of houses beyond repair. Back at the Station, I was now back at V Sub-station, the girls were tired out after a hectic night. There was no water, but they had managed to get a bucketful from a standpipe and they were all attempting to wash in the tepid water, and not feeling too happy about it.
However that was the end of that particular time, it will never be forgotten by those who experienced it.
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Kids clearing bomb site on the Isle of Dogs
The following records of the London Fire Brigade are found on the Bomb Sight website
175 .17:52. West Ferry Road, Millwall, E14, London, UK EB &IB Thames Oil Wharf, Ltd. 1000, 45 gallonmineral oil drums and three oil tanks (40 tons each) and two, 2 foor buildings, contents and machinery all damaged.
176 .17:52. West Ferry Road, Millwall, E14, London, UK EB &IB Timber storage. 2 Tarpaulins burned and a 20x 10 stack or timberand an iron shed all damaged
208 .17:59. West Ferry Road, Millwall, E14, London, UK EB 20 ft of railway track and a building of one floor80x40 damaged
29 .18:00. 39 Saundersness Road, Cubitt Town, E14., London, UK EB 20 houses damaged
230 .18:00. Nos. 81-8 Yarrow House, Glengall Grove, Millwall, E14, London, UK Eb Three 4-floor buildings, and contents damaged
231 .18:00. 8 Maudesley House, Glengall Grove, Millwall, E14, London, UK EB Rest of street of 48 houses damaged by breakage
232 .18:00. 8 Hibbert House, Glengall Grove, Millwall, E1, London, UK EB Rest of street of 48 houses damaged by breakage
233 .18:00. 332 Hibbert House, Glengall Grove, Millwall, E1, London, UK EB Rest of street of 48 houses damaged by breakage
244 .18:01. Westferry Road, Millwall, E14, London, UK EB Lead and Zinc Manufacturers. 40 x20 of wharfside and a 60×40 building, office and machine room, damaged
256 .18:02. Manchester Road, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB 40x 30 roadway damage. And Three houses each of 8 rooms and contents damaged
257 .18:02. Manchester Road, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB 40x 30 roadway damage. And Three houses each of 8 rooms and contents damaged
266 .18:03. Dudgeons Wharf, Manchester Road, Cubitt town, E14, London, UK EB 40×10 brickworkand damaged
267 .18:03. Transporter Yard, East Ferry Road, Millwall, E14, London, UK IB 20 Timber shed buildings each 10 x 6 ad 1 acre of undergrowth burned
280 .18:04. Glengall Grove, Millwall, E14, London, UK IB & EB Lancashire Freight Services Ltd. 1,2 and 3 floor buildings covering 500×500 used as warehouses. Severely damaged
293 .18:06. 97 Stebondal Street Cubitt Town E14, London, UK IB Shop on ground floor and contents severely damaged
294 .18:06. 48 Stebondale Street, Cubitt Town E14, London, UK IB Front room on first floor and contents severely damaged
295 .18:06. 75, Stebondale Street Cubitt Town E14, London, UK IB Front room on first floor and contents damaged
308 .18:07. 86, Manchester Road, Cubitt Town E14, London, UK EB Caterer-A building of 3 floors about 40x 20 ft used as refreshment bar, swelling and store, upper part and contents damaged.
330 .18:10. 113-149 Stebondale Street. Cubitt Town E14, London, UK EB 39 houses each of 6 rooms including 4 shops and contents severely damaged
331 .18:10. 156-194 Stebondale Street Cubitt Town E14, London, UK EB 39 houses each of 6 rooms including 4 shops and contents severely damaged
332 .18:10. 101-111 Stebondale Street, Cubitt Town E14, London, UK EB 6 houses each of 6 rooms and contents damaged
341 .18:11. A Yard, Millwall Dock E14, London, UK IB A warehouse of 1 floor about 150x 150 feet and contents severely damaged. Basement used as messrooms, dormitories, offices and store, and contents damaged
342 .18:11. 84a, West Ferry Road, Millwall E14, London, UK EB and IB Timber Importers-A range of brick and corrugated iron shed buildings of one floor covering an area of 400x 200ft. About 1/2 of contents severely damaged
358 .18:14. Carlton Works, Glengall Grove, Millwall, E14, London, UK IB & EB Walter Voss and Co Manufacturing Chemists. 200×200 used as laboratories, store and contents severely damaged
359 .18:14. Carlton Works, Glengall Grove, Millwall, E14, London, UK IB & EB Speedy Metal Castings Ltd. 200×60 Machine Room, workshop and contents damaged
366 .18:15. Methodist Church, Stebondale Street, Cubitt Town E14. 151-163 Stebondale Street Cubitt Town E14. 100-124 Stebondale Street Cubitt Town E14, London, UK EB Church and 20 private houses each of 6 rooms, including three shops and contents severely damaged
367 .18:15. North Side, Import Dock, West India Docks E14, London, UK IB “C” shed- about 60×60 ft or roof damaged
368 .18:15:00. Lying at North Side Import Dock, West India Docks E14, London, UK IB Part of London Authority-A vessel of 3,000 tons gross, laden with general cargo, poop and contents damaged
375 .18:16:00. West Ferry Road, Millwall E14, London, UK eb About 30×30 feet of paving damaged and 4″ gas main fractured by explosion in yard
377 .18:17. Samudas Wharf, Manchester Road, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB and IB Transport Contractors -A range of buildings of 2 floors covering an area about 800x300f (used as machine rooms, workshops, offices and store) and contents and some stock in yard including a number of motor lorries severely damaged.
378 .18:17. Samudas Wharf, Manchester Road, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB and IB Engineers-A range of buildings of 2 floors covering an area about 800x300f (used as machine rooms, workshops, offices and store) and contents and some stock in yard including a number of motor lorries severely damaged.
379 .18:17. Samudas Wharf, Manchester Road, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB and IB Stone Merchants-A range of buildings of 2 floors covering an area about 800x300f (used as machine rooms, workshops, offices and store) and contents and some stock in yard including a number of motor lorries severely damaged.
392 .18:19. Tooke Street, Millwall E14, London, UK EB 30x 30 roadway damaged. 11 Private houses and one shop damaged
393 .18:19. 11 Tooke Street, Millwall E14, London, UK EB 30x 30 roadway damaged. 11 Private houses and one shop damaged
395 .18:20. Import Dock, East India Docks, Poplar E14, London, UK IB Part of London Authority- A builing of 2 floors about 100 x 50 ft and contents including hydraulic crane and electric meter cupboard severely damaged. Building used as a hydraulic pressure house slightly damaged. Doors and window glass by breakage. Building of one floor 40 x 30ft about 4/5 severely damaged. Most part of roof damaged.
403 .18:24. 24, Maria Street, Millwall E14, London, UK EB 8 Houses, 6 rooms each, severely damaged
404 .18:24. 52 Malabar Street, Millwall, E14, London, UK EB Remaining houses are also damaged
418 .18:27. poplar Docks, Preston Road, Poplar, E14, London, UK EB 60×60 railway track damaged.15 acre 4 floor builing including vehicles in yard and machinery all damaged.
445 .18:30. 91 Stebondale Street, Cubbitt Town, E14, London, UK IB house and shop and contents
474 .18:40. Millwall Recreation Ground, E14, London, UK EB 30×30 asphalt pavement damage
475 .18:40. Globe Rope Works, East Ferry Road, , Millwall E14, London, UK EB 200×30 building with machiner room and contents damaged
476 .18:40. A Yard Millwall Docks, E14, London, UK EB & IB Port of London Authority. No, 4, 4a and 5 warehouses, each of two floors and 400×60 damaged with contents
498 .18:50. 30 East Ferry Road, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK IB Shop and house of 6 rooms, and contents damaged
502 .18:52. 63 Stebondale Street, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK IB Front room on 1st floor and contents damaged.
503 .18:52. Glengall Grove, E14, London, UK EB 60×60 of roadway damaged
504 .18:52. 174 Glengall grove, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB Off licence. Building of 3 floord 60×20 , used as dwelling and store, contents severly damaged.
505 .18:52. 172 Glengall Grove Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB Tobacconist, Shop and house of 6 rooms, damaged.
509 .18:57. 176, Glengall Grove, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB 6 houses, 6 rooms each damaged.
510 .18:57. 171 Stebondale Street, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB 8 houses 6 rooms each and contents damaged
511 .18:57. 124 Stebondale Street, Cubitt Town, E14, London, UK EB 11 houses of 6 rooms ad contents damaged
527 .19:07. 55, Glengarnock Avenue, Cubitt town E14, London, UK IB A house of 6 rooms, upper part and contents severely damaged
528 .19:07. 45, Glengarnock Avenue, Cubitt town E14, London, UK IB A house of 6 rooms, upper part and contents severely damaged
529 .19:07. 34, Glengarnock Avenue, Cubbit town E14, London, UK IB A timber shed building about 12x 10 feet used as store and contents severely damaged
531 .19:08. Manchester Road, Cubitt Town E14, London, UK IB Builders and Contractors- Some stock in yard and motor lorry damaged
543 .19:17. Folly House Barge Roads, Blackwall Reach, E, London, UK IB Seven dumb barges and contents severely damaged
550 .19:25. 102 West Ferry Road, Millwall E14, London, UK IB and EB Wharfingers-A range of buildings of 1, 2 and 3 floors covering an area of about 650x 450 feet used as machine rooms, workshops, sorting rooms, offices dwelling and store. About 2/3 and contents, some stock in yard, including 3 motor lorries severely damaged.
551 .19:25. 102 West Ferry Road, Millwall E14, London, UK IB and EB General Merchants-A range of buildings of 1, 2 and 3 floors covering an area of about 650x 450 feet used as machine rooms, workshops, sorting rooms, offices dwelling and store. About 2/3 and contents, some stock in yard, including 3 motor lorries severely damaged.
552 .19:25. 104 West Ferry Road, Millwall E14, London, UK IB and EB Millwall Ingot Metals Ltd-A range of buildings of 1, 2 and 3 floors covering an area of about 650x 450 feet used as machine rooms, workshops, sorting rooms, offices dwelling and store. About 2/3 and contents, some stock in yard, including 3 motor lorries severely damaged.
553 .19:25. Glengall Wharf, Millwall E14, London, UK IB and EB Thames Oil Wharf-A range of buildings of 1, 2 and 3 floors covering an area of about 650x 450 feet used as machine rooms, workshops, sorting rooms, offices dwelling and store. About 2/3 and contents, some stock in yard, including 3 motor lorries severely damaged.
554 .19:25. Union Road, Millwall E14, London, UK IB and EB Beer Retailer-A range of buildings of 1, 2 and 3 floors covering an area of about 650x 450 feet used as machine rooms, workshops, sorting rooms, offices dwelling and store. About 2/3 and contents, some stock in yard, including 3 motor lorries severely damaged.
556 .19:30. Hutchings Wharf, Hutchings street, West Ferry Road, Millwall E14, London, UK IB Walkers Wharfage and Haulage Co.-A building of one floor about 60x 40 ft used as store and contents and come stock in yard slightly damaged
578 .20:38. Folly House Buoy, Blackwall Reach, E, London, UK
746 .22:47. Trinity Wharf Buoy, Limehouse Reach. E., London, UK IB 2 dumb barges, unladen, damaged
819 .23:45. Westferry Road, Docklands, London E14, London, UK COB Preserving manufacturers- building of two floors, 10 x 40 ft, used as workshops and stores. Top floor and contents damaged
One of the pleasures of living near Canary Wharf is that it tends to be a magnet for all manner of commercial operations that try to attract business from the many thousands that work there.
The latest is London in the Sky, a pop up restaurant with a difference !
For 10 days, five of London’s Michelin starred restaurants will transfer their menus and dining experiences to a sky table, suspended 100 feet in the air. The table seats 22 guests, with a guest chef, sommelier and waiting team serving from the centre of the table.
So it really is a pop up and away restaurant I suppose ? watching the lunch customers hoisted above Wood Wharf, I began to consider what kind of experience it would be ?
Could you really enjoy a meal dangled 100 feet from the floor , tied into your seat and open to the elements ? Yes there is a little umbrella top but the gusts of wind off the river may disturb your soufflé.
Drink may be another problem, you may decide to intake but the inevitable outcome is a trip to the toilet. Ah that may be a problem and involving squirming in the seat until landing.
I would guarantee that if I went in a party, I would be the one sitting next to the person who would spend the entire lunch regaling me with all the other strange spots they had dined in.
Is life so dull in Canary Wharf that office workers will look longingly out of the window and say lets do lunch dangled under a crane ?
I can see the old crane drivers from the docks looking at the table and thinking they could have done that for a tenner with Jellied Eels thrown in.
But I may just be out of touch with the modern dining experience, if you are interested here is the price list.
Breakfast in the Sky 08.30 – 09.00 £50pp
Breakfast in the Sky 09.30 – 10.00 £50pp
Lunch in the Sky 12.00 – 12.45 £200pp
Lunch in the Sky 13.15 – 14.00 £200pp
Taittinger in the Sky 15.30 – 16.00 £75pp
Taittinger in the Sky 16.30 – 17.00 £75pp
Dinner in the Sky 18.30 – 19.30 £250pp
Dinner in the Sky 20.00 – 21.00 £250pp
Taittinger in the Sky 21.30 – 22.00 £75pp
On a more serious note, there is a small big top being erected for Spiegeltent in Wood Wharf which offers 10 days of Entertainment, some of the highlights include Henry Blofeld talking about Test Match Special, a Silent Disco and a Aircraft Circus . There are a number of music, comedy and kids events.