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Maritime London has witnessed many notable events from the pageantry of state occasions and the celebrations for ship launches to the turmoil of conflict and disaster. So rich is this story that the Thames has been described as 'liquid history'.
Ceremony and catastrophe
The Thames has witnessed many disasters over the centuries and provided the backdrop to solemn state occasions like Nelson's funeral.London in war and conflict
The Port of London has witnessed war, civil unrest and social conflict. The docks and warehouses of the Thames played a vital role in sustaining Britain's economy in both world wars. Strikes, riots and protests have also shaken the social and political fabric of maritime London.