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The barque L'Avenir in the Millwall Docks

Between 1932 and 1937, the four-masted barque L'Avenir (1908, 2738 GRT) was part of the Erikson fleet, and carried Australian grain to London. 

Built in Germany, in 1911 she became the first sailing ship to be fitted with a radio transmitter. She disappeared without trace in March 1938.

This is a series of photographs taken during her stay in the Millwall Docks in June 1936, when she discharged a cargo of Australian wheat at McDougall's massive Wheatsheaf Mill.


The 'L'Avenir'.

The 'L'Avenir'.

The 'L'Avenir'.

The 'L'Avenir'.

A superb shot of the 'L'Avenir' alongside McDougall's Wheatsheaf Mill.

Another view of the 'L'Avenir'.
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Alongside McDougall's Wheatsheaf Mill.

Alongside McDougall's Wheatsheaf Mill.

At McDougall's Wharf.

At McDougall's Wharf.

The 'L'Avenir' (1908) at the Wheatsheaf Mill in the background.

Two men work on a vessel, while in the background the 'L'Avenir' is moored at McDougall's Wharf.
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A bow view.

A bow view.

The L'Avenir (1908) in the Millwall Docks.

The L'Avenir (1908) in the Millwall Docks.

A bow view of the 'L'Avenir' alongside the Wheatsheaf Mill.

The 'L'Avenir' alongside the Wheatsheaf Mill.
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The deck.

The deck.

The bow view.

The bow view.

Part of the deck of the 'L'Avenir', showing her lifeboats.

The bow view of the 'L'Avenir' in the Millwall Docks.
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The rigging.

The rigging.

The rigging.

The rigging.

The rigging of the 'L'Avenir' (1908), during her stay in the Milwall Docks in June 1936. The barque 'Ponape' - another Erikson grain ship - can be seen in the background.

The rigging of the 'L'Avenir' (1908), while in the Millwall Docks in June 1936.
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