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A dormitory in the former Scandinavian Seamen's Temperance Hostel.

A dormitory in the former Scandinavian Seamen's Temperance Hostel.
A dormitory in the former Scandinavian Seamen's Temperance Hostel.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4896
Description: A four-bed dormitory in the Salvation Army's Riverside House hostel in Garford Street, near the West India Docks. This building started life in 1889 as the Scandinavian Seamen's Temperance Hostel. This closed in 1928 after the death of its founder Agnes Welin, but reopened in 1930 as a Salvation Army Hostel. It closed its doors for the last time on 30 June 2003, after the Salvation Army decided that purpose-built flats would be more appropriate for its tenants' needs. The building is earmarked for demolition. The interior of this fine building has changed very little, and this photograph gives an idea of the quality of accommodation such hostels offered to seamen in the port. This was the last opportunity to take such a photograph before the building closed.
Creator: Cleve Severin
Date: 27 June 2003
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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