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Boom and bust: Docklands 1914 - 80.

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© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4331
Description: During the 1920s and 1930s, despite the ups and downs of trade including the major trade depression of the 1930s, the port continued to handle an increasing amount of goods. This was to continue after the Second World War, once the docks had recovered from the losses and damage caused by extensive bombing. In the 1960s the amount of goods handled in the Port of London reached record levels. After that containerisation and other technological changes and a switch in Britain's trade following European Economic Community (EEC) membership led to a rapid decline. By 1981 all of the docks had closed.
Creator: National Maritime Museum
Date: 2003
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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