The port in 1901
The 'Royals' - at this time, only the Royal Victoria and the Royal Albert - were the largest and most modern of the inner London docks. More than 100 vessels were in these docks at the time of the census. Apart from the newest and largest liners linking London with distant continents, there were also surprises, like the veteran Lady Jocelyn.
The Royal Victoria Dock
The Lady Jocelyn
The Lady Jocelyn (1852) had perhaps the most interesting career of all the ships in London in 1901. Built for the first regular mail service to India, she carried troops home from the India Mutiny. In 1863 she carried troops to New Zealand for the second Maori War.
Between 1872 and 1881, she carried emigrants from London to New Zealand, and from 1882 until 1889 she carried general and refrigerated cargo from New Zealand for Shaw, Savill and Albion.
From 1889 she was used as a hulk, first in the West India and then at the Royal Victoria Dock.
She served first as a refrigeration ship and then in a variety of roles.
During the strikes at the London docks in 1911, she was used as a floating barracks for strikebreakers. She was broken up in 1923.
The Royal Albert Dock
At the time of the census this dock was full of passenger and cargo liners serving routes to Australia, India and the Americas. These included the Anchor Line's Algeria (1891), Corry's Star of England (1889), and the ill-fated Fifeshire (1898), which sank in the Gulf of Aden in June 1911.
The Aberdeen Line’s Strathdon (1885) was a 3-masted barque built as the Queen’s Island. Bought for the Australia trade in 1890, she was sold to a French line in 1906. During the 1901 census, she was in the Royal Albert Dock on her way into the Victoria Dock.
At 8273 GRT, the White Star Line's Delphic (1897) was easily was easily the largest ship in the inner London docks at the time of the 1901 census.
She carried troops and horses to South Africa during the Boer War.
Presumably, the Delphic was in London in connection with this activity, since White Star ships normally sailed from Liverpool. She was torpedoed by a U-boat in August 1917.
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