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Stevedores loading cargo.

Stevedores loading cargo.
Stevedores loading cargo.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H5379
Description: The men who loaded the ships were the stevedores. The term stevedore comes from the Spanish ‘estivador’ meaning to stow a cargo. Loading a ship demanded special skills. Cargo had to be placed carefully in the hold to make sure that the ship did not become unbalanced and capsize. The picture shows stevedores loading cargo in a tween deck hold of the Strick Line's 'Tabaristan' (1969) in the Royal Docks.
Creator: Unknown
Date: June 1969
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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