View of Rennie's Works
View of Rennie's Works, Deptford and Blackfriars

A very old photo of Rennie's Works. Whatever process is being carried out, it required a lot of labour. Eight men are actively involved, while another dozen look on. Two of the workers are boys. In 1901, Rennie's Iron Shipbuilding Yard stood on a prime riverside site just east of Deptford Creek. But by then firms which worked with steel and built large ships were moving out of London. They wanted more space and to be closer to their source of power, the coal mines of southern Scotland and north-east England. Rennie's kept busy with local orders for smaller craft.

Unique ID: H0449
Creator: Dockyard Economy and Naval Power, P Barry Published by Sampson, Low, Son and Co
Date: c. 1863
Copyright: Out of Copyright