The Tudor and Stuart port
Improving the port
The Mast House and Brunswick Dock at Blackwall. ©
At the start of the 17th century the large vessels of the East India Company often anchored off Blackwall. Their cargoes could then be transferred by barges to the legal quays in the Pool of London.
A 17th century East Indiaman. ©
In 1614 the company constructed a wet dock at Blackwall for fitting out their vessels after launching from the nearby shipyards. The dock was not use