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Dockers working a cargo of frozen meat at the Royal Docks.

Dockers working a cargo of frozen meat at the Royal Docks.
Dockers working a cargo of frozen meat at the Royal Docks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: P37752
Description: A busy quayside scene at the Royal Docks. The Port of London handled goods of every description from bulk cargoes of coal, grain and timber to perishables like tropical fruit and frozen meat. Each type of cargo required particular skills to ensure successful loading and unloading. By the late 1920s over 10 million carcasses of Australian, New Zealand and South American mutton and lamb were imported into London each year. The distinctive appearance of lamb and mutton carcasses, wrapped as they were in muslin, led to dockers giving this cargo the nickname 'white mice'.
Creator: A. R. Grierson
Date: 15 April 1961
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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