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River Thames, Woolwich Ferry and Royal Docks from Bellwater Gate, Woolwich

River Thames, Woolwich Ferry and Royal Docks from Bellwater Gate, Woolwich

This shot from Greenwich Heritage Centre was taken sometime in the 1950s and shows one of the famous Woolwich Ferries making the crossing northbound and in the background, several funnels can be seen belonging to vessels moored in King George V Dock. This photograph was taken in Bellwater Gate, Wool

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I remember the place well, just down from the No75 bus stop, which I used to catch home from the Woolwich Poly sec school, across the road.
Don't know why, but I always remember/thought that the old ferries had a bridge either end, true double enders.
 

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Enri, you're right - the 75 bus stop was just to the right of where the photographer would have been standing - outside the old power station and a pub called the 'Crown & Cushion' I think it was.
 

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Bellwater Gate.......memories....used to play around there after going to the Woolwich swimming baths then catch the ferry back to the North side.
Yes, funnel is that of SAXONIA or IVERNIA.
Cheers John.
 

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...and there's a Port Line just ahead of the Cunarder. Those old ferries had that magnificent open engine room where you could watch everything , all highly polished , go round and round and up and down. Great days(Thumb)
 

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SteveHunnisett's pics are so evocative - reference has been made in one of the other pics about the smell being evident in the fifties - it was there (even stronger) in the late thirties and the forties - that's what I meant when I said (above) 'I can almost smell it'. Signalman.
 

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yes in the docks over the river, a Port liner, which reminds me of the Port Launceston class, ahead of the Cunard Saxonia class and I think I can make out a fairly clear hint of a large Blue Star funnel just ahead of the Port liner. Pure nostalgia tks.
 

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