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Lifesaving on the Thames 
Lifesaving on the Thames
Over the last 300 years, the Thames has played a significant part in the story of lifesaving at sea
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Training ships on the River Thames
Preparing boys for a life at sea
 Training ships on the River Thames
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The Royal Hospital for Seamen, Greenwich: 'A Refuge for All' 
The Royal Hospital for Seamen, Greenwich: 'A Refuge for All'
The foundation of the Greenwich Hospital and the Greenwich Royal Hospital School
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The Customs Service
The English customs system, taxing goods imported and exported through the ports, was created in the Middle Ages as a way of generating revenue for the Treasury
 The Customs Service
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Thames Watermen 
Thames Watermen
Thames watermen provided a vital service in transporting passengers to their places of work and leisure, or simply carrying them across to the other riverbank
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The East India Company
'The most illustrious and most flourishing commercial association that ever existed in any age or country'.
 The East India Company
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London and the transatlantic slave trade 
London and the transatlantic slave trade
London played a central role in Britain's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade
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Coffee houses in London
The origins of the Stock Exchange and Lloyd's Insurance
 Coffee houses in London
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The London whaling trade 
The London whaling trade
For many years, London played a leading role in this notorious trade
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Many hands: Trades of the Port of London, 1850-1980
Find out what it was like to work in the Port of London
 Many hands: Trades of the Port of London, 1850-1980
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Thames Ironworks 
Thames Ironworks
Building for London and the world
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Trinity House
Showing the way
 Trinity House
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Flour milling and the port 
Flour milling and the port
From windmills to giant mills in the docks
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Powering the City
Gas and electricity generation on the Thames
 Powering the City
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Greenwich slavery trail 
Greenwich slavery trail
Follow the online slavery trail around Maritime Greenwich
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International Exports
Goods from all over the world were sent to London
 International Exports
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HMS 'Thunderer' 
HMS 'Thunderer'
The last ship to be constructed at the Thames Ironworks, Blackwall.
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The Royal Arsenal
A government munitions factory
 The Royal Arsenal
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Women workers in the sugar industry 
Women workers in the sugar industry
Tate and Lyle were important employers in Silvertown, and many women worked at their sugar refineries
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Uniforms of the Port of London
A selection of uniforms that would have been visible on the streets of maritime London
 Uniforms of the Port of London
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The Lords of the Ocean: Ships of the East India Company 
The Lords of the Ocean: Ships of the East India Company
The East India Company's ships were the most magnificent vessels of their era
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Concorde's last journey
On 12 April 2004, thousands came to watch Concorde's last appearance in London
 Concorde's last journey
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Intrument makers on the Thames 
Intrument makers on the Thames
The port became the centre of an enormous range of trades related to seafaring including instrument makers specialising in navigational equipment.
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NMM ROG Logos
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Browse the collections
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Port Fact
Where in London can a lighthouse be seen?

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Put the port institutions in the order they were founded
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