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Transcription for "Boom and bust: Docklands 1914 - 80."

1914-1945

  • Docks vital to Britain in two world wars - they are an enemy target
  • The Port continues to grow despite a downturn in world trade
  • Docklands heavily bombed in the Blitz

1945-1980

  • Docks recover quickly after the war - 1950s a period of great prosperity
  • Containerisation and larger ships mean greater efficiency - but London's docks lack sufficient capacity and ability to change
  • Docks decline as trade moves elsewhere in Britain and abroad in the 1960s - the City's other marine services flourish
  • Last remaining London dock closes in 1981
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