Photograph of Albert Denegri with Samuel Williams and Sons hydrofoil model

Object number

LDVAL 2013.2.2


after 1960 – before 1975


Colour photograph of Albert Denegri with the model of Samuel Williams and Sons hydrofoil that he was commisioned to make for the company. Albert Denegri who was employed by the company as a general woodworker from 1940 to 1975. Mr Denegri was a trained cabinet maker and joiner, but carried out a number of tasks for the company, from making boardroom furniture to barge repairs and repairing crane walkways. Albert Denegri was asked to make a model of Samuel Williams and Sons' hydrofoil, their passenger vessel used for corporate travel. The model was shown at corporate presentations. Albert Denegri lived with his wife, son and daughter in Chequers Lane, Dagenham, and later moved to Ripple Villas in Dagenham.

Samuel Williams & Sons
In 1887, Samuel Williams, a former lighterman, bought 30 acres of land in south Dagenham and built a timber dock on the River Thames with a railway line connecting to the London Tilbury & Southend Railway main line. By 1891 he had built two new jetties and later added a barge slipway. The Dagenham Dock was used mainly for coal deliveries coming down the coast from North England. Williams spent years slowly filling in Dagenham Level - the marshland and lake behind his river dock - with spoil obtained from London. Concrete piles were used for the difficult task of piling the Dagenham jetties where the banks of the Thames were marshy. The technique also allowed the reclaimed land to be developed into an industrial estate with the company leasing factory buildings to tenants. From 1929, the Ford factory was built on concrete piles on part of this estate. Samuel Williams and Sons was a self-sufficient business, with its own civil and mechanical engineering departments, which liked to be at the forefront of events – for example, it ran the first hydrofoil on the Thames in the 1960s.

Physical description

Colour copy of a photograph of Mr Denegri standing behind the hydrofoil model. Only Mr Denegri's shoulders and head are visible. He rests his right hand in the roof of the hydrofoil model. He wears a flat cap and glasses. In a cream textured mount.




Maritime transport material


Mount length: 210mm
width: 157mm
Apature length: 157mm
width: 106mm

Collection type

Social history, Industry

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