The newly restored steamship "SS Robin" berthed in front of the derelict 20th century Millennium Flour Mills building on the south side of Royal Victoria Dock in Silvertown, London, England. The SS Robin was originally built in Bow Creek, London in 1890 and has been lovingly restored to be now included in the UK Core Collection of the National Historic Ships Register. She will shortly be opened as a museum, theatre and educational centre.
In stark contrast Millennium Mills is a sad shell of a building. Built at the start of the 21st century it was damaged extensively during the First World War and was rebuilt as a 10 storey art deco building in 1933, also undergoing large scale re-construction after the Second World War. The Royal Docks closed in 1981 with most businesses relocating downstream on the River Thames. This is one of the last remaining old buildings in an area that has undergone an enormous re-development in recent years. It has featured in many films, TV dramas and been the backdrop to several music videos, the most recent being Coldplay's "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall". You can see this video and some of the buildings interior by clicking the link below:
Personally - I absolutely love this building and just hope it can be kept and restored - I tried to get inside but once again was thwarted by security, a film/video was actually being made on the day I tried to sneak in. I will post some more images soon.
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Royaldevon (31443) 2014-07-17 1:09
You have certainly shown us a strong contrast!
The boat, neatly restored, set against this huge building crying out for a similar restoration!
The light and the details are beautifully displayed.
You have done a much better job than the video photographers!!
Isn't it surprising how such a potential gold mine has been allowed to decay like this! Other dockland buildings, which have been renovated, are very sought after and worth millions!
Have a great day,
snunney (86762) 2014-07-17 3:00
The massive building in the background, although abandoned has a certain majesty about and is a fitting backdrop for the restored steamer. I like very much the lighting and colours; the detail is superb. A great find beautifully presented.
dkmurphys (50540) 2014-07-17 4:05
I like this contrast between the new painted boat and the ruined facade of the building. Maybe it will be restored... Also, great warm sunlight!
Nicou (125500) 2014-07-17 5:40
quel bâtiment en fond et ce graphisme de fenêtre cette forme carrée et la touche de couleur du bâteau superbe captage et image merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (25394) 2014-07-17 8:57
That's right, the contrast is very strong, this concrete block looks sad, you have an interesting light in the photo, the ship is brightly illuminated and the building in the shadow, very well spotted nad captured
jjcordier (77590) 2014-07-17 22:24
Une étonnante juxtaposition entre ces deux "bâtiments" que tu as réunis dans cette surprenante photo; Une note très complète.
Giustiniani (3427) 2014-07-18 2:54
une image surréaliste superbement présentée. De belles couleurs, une lumière et des contrastes excellents.
Une très belle réalisation.
ChrisJ (101118) 2014-07-18 5:18
I was not aware that London was attacked during WWI in contrast to WWII so was the damage war related or other? Regardless. the restored ship in the fg steals the show from the derelict backdrop of the old flour mill. In Turkey some old mills have been converted into boutique hotels! Good sharpness, colour and framing. Tfs!
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (49288)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G SSM
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-17 0:54