Thames Ironworks - the foundry
Thames Ironworks - the foundry

The boats carry posters which are still familiar today: the newspaper Daily Telegraph, Madame Tussauds and Colman’s Mustard among others. In the background you can see new factories on Greenwich Marsh. The paddle steamers in the photo may be in use as ferries. In 1901, the minutes of Greenwich Council noted that they tried to set up a proper passenger steam boat service but had failed, even though it was “so important to the interests of this Borough.”

Unique ID: H0466
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1900
Copyright: Out of Copyright