PortCities London

Many hands: Trades of the Port of London, 1850-1980

Coopers, truckers and warehousemen


Hall's Cooperage on Mortlake Road E16.
View full size imageA cooper mending a barrel. © NMM

Another group of skilled men were the coopers who repaired and renewed barrels, casks and chests that were damaged during the loading and unloading of ships.

Dock coopers also assisted the vaultkeepers and customs officers in their work. 

Moving and sorting goods

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