PortCities London

The port in 1901

The port on census night

At the time of the census of 1901, over a thousand vessels were either in the port of London or on their way up or down the Thames.

Five barges on the Thames.
View full size imageFive barges on the Thames. © NMM
Only those vessels on which people spent the night of 31 March were included.

This meant that hundreds of lighters left empty for the night do not appear in the census.

Of the vessels that were included in the census, more than half were humble Thames barges.

This work shows a selection of the different types of vessels using the various docks and wharves, using pictures of the ships present in London on census night.