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Dock labourers at the East India Docks.

Dock labourers at the East India Docks.
Dock labourers at the East India Docks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4468
Description: The majority of workers in the port during the 19th century were casual labourers taken on for the day. Sometimes the dockers would only be employed for a few hours. Casual work at the East India Docks in the 1880s consisted mainly of unloading and trucking tea and spices from the Far East.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 14 September 1889
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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