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Engaging dock labourers at the West India Docks.

Engaging dock labourers at the West India Docks.
Engaging dock labourers at the West India Docks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4983
Description: The majority of workers in the docks during the 19th century were casual labourers taken on for the day. Sometimes the dockers would only be taken on for a few hours. Twice a day there was a 'call-on' at each of the docks when labour was hired for short periods. Only the lucky few would be selected, the rest would be sent home without reward.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 1886
Credit line: Tower Hamlets Local History Library Collection
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