We have all heard of the Golden Hind. Currently the replica ship is moored further up river at St. Mary Ovaries, another Golden Hind lies in the harbour at Brixham, Devon.
Then there is the Endeavour, Cook's famous ship that left the dockyard's Great Basin in 1768.
We have all heard of the Bounty, famous for the on board mutiny,
but have you heard of the Sultana?
or the Lady Nelson?
All of these ships were originally built or refitted in Deptford.
All of these ships have been rebuilt. What are we waiting for? The time for Deptford to build its own ship is now. Where? Slipway No.5 looked like a good place to start, the repaired dry dock another, the slipways off the basin?
If there are more replica ships with Deptford connections currently riding the oceans I'd be glad to hear about them. Deptford as a centre of maritime industries? Where's the problem?