PortCities London

Many hands: Trades of the Port of London, 1850-1980

Stevedores
 

Loading ships

Stevedores loading general cargo in a tween deck hold of the Tabaristan (1969).
View full size imageStevedores loading general cargo in a tween deck hold of the Tabaristan (1969). © NMM
The men who loaded the ships were the stevedores. The term stevedore comes from the Spanish ‘estivador’, meaning to stow a cargo. Loading a ship demanded special skills