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Man resting at the Surrey Commercial Docks.

Man resting at the Surrey Commercial Docks.
Man resting at the Surrey Commercial Docks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: P27551
Description: A docker takes a break at the Surrey Docks. In the background a steamer is moored alongside the timber warehouses. Immediately behind the docker is a pile of timber planks, known as 'deals'. The Surrey Docks were largely devoted to the handling and storage of timber. The sleeping docker may be a deal porter, a docker who specialised in carrying timber. These men were amongst the fittest and most skilled of dockworkers.
Creator: Waldo McGillycuddy Eagar CBE
Date: c. 1924
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London. Eagar collection
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