Blackwall Basin

Blackwall Basin and surrounding docks.
View full size imageBlackwall Basin and surrounding docks. © NMM
At each end of the docks was a basin connecting them to the river. A basin allowed large numbers of ships to gather together to avoid the delay of going through locks.

The Blackwall Basin was the original non-tidal entrance to the docks. It had locks to control the flow of water between the docks and the Thames. Ships entered the Blackwall-side basin and lighters went in at the Limehouse end.

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