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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.|
|Date: 10 May 1954|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|