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The 19th-century port

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Workshop of the world

Launch of the HMS Albion.
View full size imageThe launch of the 1st Class battleship HMS Albion at the Thames Ironworks, Blackwall, on 21 June 1898. © NMM
By the start of the 19th century Britain was the world's leading industrial power and dominated international commerce. 

London was:

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Trade grew throughout the century and a huge dock-building programme made the port more efficient. 

The building of large steamships meant that the port had to adapt to the changing technologies of the Victorian age.

By 1886 there were seven enclosed dock systems within the Port of London. The riverside communities of East London also saw new factories, power stations and shipyards spread along the banks of the Thames.

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