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Deal porters at the Surrey Docks.

Deal porters at the Surrey Docks.
Deal porters at the Surrey Docks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H0197
Description: The deal porters were men who carried timber planks that had been unloaded from a ship to special piles where the wood was stored. They wore protective padding on their heads and necks as they carried the planks of wood or 'deals'. The timber piles that they worked on could be stacked 60 feet high - a feat that earned the porters the nickname 'Flying Blondins', after the famous tightrope walker.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c.1920
Credit line: Southwark Library Collection
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