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The port in 1901

The port on census night
The London and St Katharine Docks
The West and East India Docks
Millwall and Surrey Docks
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The Millwall and Surrey Commercial Docks

The Millwall Docks

These docks were among the busiest at the time of the census, with more than 50 vessels of all sizes. Most were small sailing ships.

The Oceana

The 'Oceana' (1888).
View full size imageThe Oceana (1888). © NMM

The only large vessel in the Millwall Docks was the P&O passenger liner Oceana (1888, 6610 GRT).

She served the line's Far East and Australian routes until 1912, when she sank after a collision in the English Channel.

  

Scandinavian vessels

The 'Christian IX' (1874).
View full size imageThe Christian IX (1874). © NMM
There were several Scandinavian ships in the Millwall Docks. In constrast to the Surrey Docks, which were used by hundreds of Norwegian sailing ships, several steamers used Millwall. These included the Danish cargo steamers Valdemar and Christian IX (1874).

Other vessels present included the Oria, owned by Bailey and Leetham of Hull. She ran a regular service between London and the Baltic ports, often bringing back Jewish emigrants. The German steamer Brunhilde traded between London and Hamburg.

 

The Surrey Commercial Docks

The 'Leviathan' (1876).
View full size imageThe Leviathan (1876). © NMM
These docks specialized in timber, and more than 20 Scandinavian timber ships were here on census night. The barque Leviathan (1876) was typical of these.

The 'Lindfield' (1891).
View full size imageThe Lindfield (1891). © NMM
The largest and finest vessel in the Surrey Docks was the Shaw, Savill & Co four-masted barque Lindfield (1891, 2280 GRT). She was active mainly in the South American nitrate trade. 


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