London is founded as a port and as a river crossing. Shipping has been central to the prosperity and growth of London and Great Britain.
The history of shipping in London up to the modern day can be seen via:
- St Katherine’s Dock;
- Greenwich National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF;
- Historic Chatham Dockyard;
- Tilbury Container Port;
- the Canal Museum and canal walks including Regents Canal;
- the Cutty Sark;
- HQS Wellington (Livery Hall of Honorary Company of Master Mariners), WC2R;
- Golden Hinde Educational Museum;
- the Maritime Trust’s Collection of Historic Ships at St Katherine’s Dock;
- “Kathleen & May” schooner at St Mary Overie’s Dock;
- “Lydia Eve” herring drifter and “Robin” coaster in Heron Quays in Docklands: etc..
Ship building in the past – at Deptford, Chatham;
- Great Eastern construction at 20,000 tons;
- with HMS Thunderer at 20,600 tons as a super dreadnought in 1911.