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Plate cutting at the Thames Ironworks.

Plate cutting at the Thames Ironworks.
Plate cutting at the Thames Ironworks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H2657
Description: Building the keel of a steamship was a complicated process. It involved cutting, shaping or bending individual steel plates, bars or angles to the required shape and then punching them with rivet holes. These parts were then taken piecemeal to a building berth where they were first bolted together and then riveted using steel rivets.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1900
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library collection.
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