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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Limehouse Reach 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


The SS. Onward, re- fitted by Fletcher Son & Fearnall at Union Docks, Limehouse, leaving dry dock in 1919 or 1920. This ship was originally built by Denny's of Dunbarton for the S. E. & C railway Company in 1905. Being used as troopship during the First World War, on her usual cross-Channel routes, she caught fire at Folkestone on 24th September 1918, and was scuttled so that she lay on the quay. Powerful winches and several railway engines were used to get her upright and clear the berth, and she was then towed away to dry dock on the Thames. In 1920 she was bought by the Isle of Man Steam Packet, re- christened ‘Mona's Isle', and used on summer runs until 1948, when she was broken up at Milford Haven. This photograph was taken by George Henry Wright, a plater employed at Fletcher Son & Fearnall. Information supplied by Alan Pearsall. by Mrs Piper (nee Wright)