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Men of war, bound for the port of pleasure.

Men of war, bound for the port of pleasure.
Men of war, bound for the port of pleasure.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PW4036
Description: The growth in the capital's maritime trade during the 18th century, along with the presence of the Royal Navy's dockyards at Woolwich and Deptford, brought more and more ships to the Port of London. With the ships came the sailors and inevitably there was an increase in the supply of prostitutes to meet the growing demand.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 25 April 1791
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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