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Blackwall Dock

The Mast House and Brunswick Dock at Blackwall.
View full size imageThe Mast House and Brunswick Dock at Blackwall. © NMM
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.

Two views of an East Indiaman of the time of King William III.
View full size imageA 17th century East Indiaman. © NMM
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