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Transferring cargo from P&O liner Coromandel (1949) to a barge.

Transferring cargo from P&O liner Coromandel (1949) to a barge.
Transferring cargo at the King George V Dock
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3862
Description: Transferring bags of cement from the P&O cargo liner 'Coromandel' (1949) to a barge at the King George V Dock in May 1954. Ever since the West India Dock Act of 1799, lighters and barges could take advantage of the 'Free Water Clause'. They were exempt from the payment of tolls and could move in and out of the enlcosed docks at will. A large proportion of the goods unloaded at the Royal Docks were transhipped in barges upstream to London.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 10 May 1954
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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