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Woolwich Ferry
River Thames, Woolwich
Woolwich Ferry
associated engineer
Husband & Co
date  1964 - 1966
era  Modern  |  category  Ferry  |  reference  TQ431794
ICE reference number  HEW 2199
photo  Jane Joyce
The present Woolwich Ferry runs between reinforced concrete terminals built between 1964-66 but there have been many earlier ferries here — the earliest was in place some time in the thirteenth century.
The Army established a ferry at Woolwich in 1810, followed by the Metroplitan Board of Works in 1889. The latter used two steam powered paddle boats supplied by Sir William Armstrong Mitchell & Co.
The engineer for the Board of Works ferry was Sir Joseph Bazalgette. It's construction, by Mowlem &Co., began in December 1887. The landing stages were 100ft by 83ft. The Thames Ironworks made the bridges and pontoons, Easton & Anderson provided the hydraulic machinery .
The present ferry landings are of reinforced concrete. The steel ramps are constructed using trusses. They rise and fall with the tide, over a 30ft range.
Contractor (1964-66): Marples Ridgeway & Partners
reference sources   CEH Lond

Woolwich Ferry