Orchard House Yard

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Lighthouse personnel being trained at Orchard Yard circa 1950

Orchard House Yard (known as Orchard Yard and Hercules Wharf) was an English shipbuilding yard located at Leamouth, on the River Lea at Bow Creek . Forming part of the Orchard House estate, a number of shipbuilders occupied the site over time:

The only known surviving vessel built at the yard is SS Robin, a 300-ton steam-powered coaster which is part of the National Historic Fleet and the last of her type still in existence. She was built at Orchard House Yard in 1890 by Mackenzie and is currently located a short distance away in the Royal Victoria Dock.[2][3]


  1. ^ "'Leamouth Road and Orchard Place: Individual wharves and sites', Survey of London: volumes 43 and 44: Poplar, Blackwall and Isle of Dogs". 1994. pp. 655–685. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ "SS Robin: her story". S S Robin Trust. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Robin". National Historic Ships UK. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°00′24″E / 51.5087°N 0.0067°E / 51.5087; 0.0067