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London's docks and shipping

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Deptford and Woolwich: London's Royal Dockyards 
Deptford and Woolwich: London's Royal Dockyards
The rise and decline of Henry VIII's Dockyards
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The port in 1901
Shipping in the port of London at the time of the 1901 census
 The port in 1901
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Linking the port - ferries 
Linking the port - ferries
Ferries in Greenwich and Woolwich
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The riverside wharves
The forgotten part of the port
 The riverside wharves
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The 'Great Eastern' as a passenger liner 
The 'Great Eastern' as a passenger liner
The ship of the future?
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HMS Warrior: 'A black snake among rabbits'?
Britain's first iron-hulled warship
 HMS Warrior: 'A black snake among rabbits'?
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London's Docks 
London's Docks
Click on the labels to find out more about London's Docks
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The West India Docks, 1800s
See how the docks were originally constructed
 The West India Docks, 1800s
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Move the red square to explore Mr Ogle's plan to ease river congestion 
Move the red square to explore Mr Ogle's plan to ease river congestion

Ogle's proposal demonstrates the range of countries trading with 18th-century London. This plan was not used - the enclosed docks were built instead.
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The 'Great Eastern' 
The 'Great Eastern'
A giant steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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'Cutty Sark'
The last surviving British tea clipper docked at Greenwich
 'Cutty Sark'
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HMS 'Warrior' 
HMS 'Warrior'
The first modern warship with an ironclad iron hull
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East India Docks
The East India Company was the driving force behind the formation of the East India Dock Company in 1803
 East India Docks
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King George V Dock 
King George V Dock
King George V Dock was built to enhance and extend the trade that was passing though the Royal Victoria and Albert Docks
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Royal Albert Dock
When the Royal Albert Dock opened to shipping in 1880, it was considered to be the finest dock system in the world
 Royal Albert Dock
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Royal Victoria Dock 
Royal Victoria Dock
London's first steamship dock
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St Katharine Docks
St Katharine Docks was one of the smallest and most centrally located dock systems in London
 St Katharine Docks
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London Docks 
London Docks
London's tobacco docks
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Millwall Docks
Located on the Isle of Dogs, Millwall Docks were best known for the grain trade
 Millwall Docks
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Regent's Canal Dock 
Regent's Canal Dock
The Port of London's link to the Midlands
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Surrey Commercial Docks
The only docks in South London
 Surrey Commercial Docks
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Tilbury Dock 
Tilbury Dock
London's container port
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West India Docks
London's first enclosed docks
 West India Docks
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Butler's Wharf 
Butler's Wharf
A trading wharf in the pool of London from: 1794 - 1972
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Hay's Wharf
London's larder
 Hay's Wharf
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Clippers 
Clippers
Ships built for speed
Visit a gallery
Famous Thames ships 
Famous Thames ships
The great and the good
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London's docks: past and present
Contrasting photographs of the docks during the heyday of the working port with images of today's redeveloped Docklands
 London's docks: past and present
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Building the docks 
Building the docks
A dock-building programme is undertaken to further improve the port of London.
Visit a series of galleries
The General Steam Navigation Company 
The General Steam Navigation Company
The GSNC was founded in 1824, and became London's foremost short-sea shipping line for 150 years
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Gustaf Erikson and his ships
Gustaf Adolf Mauritz Erikson (1872-1947) was an unusual shipowner in many ways
 Gustaf Erikson and his ships
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The Indian summer of the inner London docks: the Grierson Collection 
The Indian summer of the inner London docks: the Grierson Collection
A.R. Grierson photographed hundreds of ships during the heyday of the inner London docks in the early 1960s
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What's left of the old port
Galleries of what has survived from the port of London
 What's left of the old port
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Deptford Royal Dockyard collection 
Deptford Royal Dockyard collection
Images of Deptford Dockyard
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Woolwich Royal Dockyard collection
Images of Woolwich Dockyard
 Woolwich Royal Dockyard collection
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NMM ROG Logos
Image for Browse Collections
Browse the collections
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Port Fact
What does 'wharf' stand for?

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Take a trail
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West India Dock banner
Take the West India dock trail
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Play a game
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Great Eastern Quiz Button
Get 100% to see an animated London skyline (Flash 6 player needed)
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Trumps button
Which ships were the fastest? (Flash 6 player needed for game)
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Matching game banner
Match the commodity to the dock it came into
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Be creative...
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Build your own gallery banner
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