• The photograph shown is of the foreshore at the site of the Castles Shipbreaking Yard located at Charlton on the River Thames. The wood has been identified as belonging to two sailing ships and one metal ship broken up by Castles being HMS Duke of [...]

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    Longs Wharf Woolwich

    December 26, 2016

    The photograph above shows the rear yard at Castles Wharf in Woolwich around 1910.  The figureheads of HMS Cressy and HMS Glasgow can be seen in the far background. The former figurehead of HMS Cressy was subsequently displayed on the new Head [...]

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    Orion Figurehead

    April 5, 2016

    The Orion figurehead appeared on the central gate at Baltic Wharf in the late nineteenth and early  twentieth century and presented an imposing figurehead, which would  have been admired by the many passers by walking down Milbank towards the [...]

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