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Stevedore driving a fork-lift truck in a tween deck hold.

Stevedore driving a fork-lift truck in a tween deck hold.
Stevedore driving a fork-lift truck in a tween deck hold.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H5366
Description: A stevedore driving a fork lift truck in a tween deck hold of the Strick Line's 'Tabaristan' (1969), shortly before her departure from the Royal Docks on her maiden voyage to Arabia and the Persian Gulf. The fork lift truck was invented in the 1920s. At first the shipping industry was slow to take up the idea, but the advent of the Second World War soon made the fork lift truck indispensable for loading vast quantities of goods onto wagons and ships.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1969
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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