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Transcription for "The Port of Empire: Maritime London 1650 - 1914"


  • Success of new markets and expansion of the British Empire increase trade
  • London is the centre of international maritime business
  • Building of merchant ships a major industry on the Thames


  • Industrial revolution begins - Britain is the workshop of the world
  • Thames overcrowded as the amount of shipping increases dramatically
  • A new system of docks established from 1801 to relieve the pressure


  • Explosion in London's size, population and shipping
  • London is the gateway to the world
  • Iron steamships built on the Thames
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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