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|East India Docks
|The Tea and Spice Docks|
- Ralph Walker was appointed as engineer for the project. John Rennie was retained as special consultant.
- Joseph and William Trimmer were contracted to make 18 million bricks for the project.
- The dock system consisted of two parallel docks, the 18 acre Import Dock and the 9 acre Export Dock. Both docks were 7.9 metres deep.
- The East India Dock Basin connected the dock system to the river, via the East India Dock Entrance, which had two locks.
- The docks could berth up to 250 vessels at any time.
- Each dock had four quays, named North, South, East and West Quay. Each quay was 73 metres long.
- East India Dock had no warehouses on the quays. 15 acres of warehouse space was available at Cutler Street.
- The whole dock system was surrounded by a boundary wall 6.4 metres high.
- The Export Dock housed the Brunswick Wharf Power Station.
|1803||Construction of the East India Dock begins|
|4 August 1806||The East India Dock opens at Blackwall|
|1838||The East India and the West India Dock Company amalgamate|
|1930||The Brunswick Hotel, built by the East India Company for wealthy merchants, is demolished|
|1943||The Import Dock is pumped dry to be used in the construction of Phoenix breakwaters used for the 'Mulberry' artificial harbours.|
|February 1944||Winston Churchill visits the dock to inspect construction|
|1946||Cargo handling using forklift trucks is adopted|
|1967||The East India Dock is the first to close in London|
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