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The Dutch eel boats.
|The Dutch eel boats.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H0534|
|Description: Dutch fishermen had continued to supply the City of London during the Great Fire of 1666. As a reward, they were granted a monopoly on selling eels at Billingsgate. The Dutch eel boats were a distinctive feature of the Upper Pool, and remained as a fascinating curiosity until well into the 20th century. In this pre-1914 photograph, several Dutch eel boats are moored off Billingsgate, with Tower Bridge visible in the background. On the quayside, a man is unloading baskets of eels.|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|