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Sampling barrels at the London Docks.

Sampling barrels at the London Docks.
Sampling barrels at the London Docks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4922
Description: Warehouse officials and customs officers carry out a hydrometer test on barrels of spirits at the London Docks. The long pipette which one of the men holds was known as a 'valinch'. The London Docks were at the centre of the alcohol trade. Huge vaults were used to store the barrels and casks of wine and spirits.
Creator: London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co. Ltd
Date: c. 1890
Credit line: Tower Hamlets Local History Library Collection
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