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Port Cities: The working Thames - Thames Ironworks
|Civil engineering and vehicles|
From bridges to buoys
On the civil engineering side, the company's work ranged from bridges to dock gates and from iron ships' masts for the local shipbuilders to buoys for Trinity House.
|A bridge for the Bengal-Nagpur Railway, made at the Thames Ironworks. Â© NMM|
This image is of the 46 m (150 ft) span bridge made in 1901Â for the Shalimar Ferry on the Bengal-Nagpur Railway in India.
The projects undertaken at the works also included:
|A section of the Blackwall Tunnel.Â Â© NMM|
- the iron ribs for the domes of the International Exhibition Building at South Kensington, in 1862
- roofs for the Royal Aquarium in Westminster and Alexandra Palace
- Blackfriars Railway Bridge (1860-69)
- Hammersmith Bridge (1883-87)
- sections of Sir Alexander Binnie's Blackwall Tunnel in 1895. The tunnel was more than 1300 metres (4410 feet) long and passed under the Thames to Greenwich.
Cars and lorries
The company also diversified into vehicle manufacturing. These two photographs show lorries from the Thames Ironworks exhibitions at the 1905 Crystal Palace Automobile Show and the 1906 Olympia Show.
|Thames Ironworks exhibition at the Crystal Palace Automobile Show.Â Â© NMM|
|Thames Ironworks exhibition at Olympia. Â© NMM|