Linking the port - ferries
|The Woolwich Ferry from the 1920s|
The new steamers
In the 1920s, the original paddle steamers were replaced by newer vessels of the same type. These were the Squires (1922), Gordon (1923), and the John Benn and Will Crooks, both built in 1930. They were all named after major figures on the London County Council.
The John Benn (1930)
John Benn (1850-1922) served on the LCC from 1889 until his death. He had also been Member of Parliament for Wapping (1892-95) and Devonport (1904-10).
As Chairman of the LCC Highways Committee, he oversaw the introduction of electric trams to London. His son, William Wedgwood Benn (1877-1960) and grandson Tony Benn (born 1925) were both famous Labour politiicans.
The Gordon (1923)
The Will Crooks (1930)
The growth of vehicle traffic